Lens on Life

20 January – 20 February 2015

Lens On Life was aimed at disseminating the scientific knowledge acquired during the five years of MitoSys  (2010-2015), a project realised with the support of the European Union under its seventh framework program (FP7). 

The exhibition emerged from a dialogue, established between artists and scientists, concerning one of the fundamental mechanisms of human life – mitosis. Lens On Life  was a project strongly rooted within the field of art and science. It offered a novel take on mitosis and human cell division through historical and contemporary references and an imaginative interpretation by the artists involved. 

The works exhibited were the tangible result of these meetings and constitute a re-elaboration and experimentation aimed at providing a new perspective upon the processes of mitosis and meiosis. An important part of the exhibition was the documentary, Meetings of Minds , witnessing the various stages of the collaboration between artists and scientists. 

Curated by Marina Wallace and Ludovica Gilio
Artists: Lucy + Jorge Orta, Rob Kesseler, Ackroyd & Harvey, Shobana Jeyasingh
Scientists: Tony Hyman, Melina Schuh, Jan-Michael Peters, Kim Nasmyth 

The exhibition in London was the second of a series of three. After Rome and London, Lens On Life travelled to Heidelberg (University Museum) from 16 March to 28 April 2015. 

With the Support of the FP7 Health Programme of the European Union (GA 241548). Visit the Artakt website for more information on the project.