The participants for the first workshop came from all over the world, and from disciplines as varied as art, industrial design, curation, philosophy, architecture, systems biology, bioinformatics and theatre. New projects are already emerging as a result of the experience. Read more about the participants here:

MELANIE JACKSONArtist and Head of Undergraduate Sculpture, Slade, UCL, UK


Melanie Jackson is interested in our relations to work and the movement of ideas and people alongside commodities and raw materials. She has often used news stories as a starting point in the work, stories of an inventive means of getting by, of survival beyond the odds. She uses a combination of drawing, animation, sculpture and printed matter. She is currently engaged in a new body of work based on Goethe’s theory of The Urpflanze and its relations to contemporary aspirations for synthetic biology. She is interested in the ways in which technological innovation and industry impact on our engagement with and perceptions of materiality. This is developing into a wider initiative with other UCL departments such as anthropology, art history and the sciences as an interdisciplinary forum to debate material cultures. Recent Group exhibitions include The Intertwining Line, Cornerhouse, Manchester, 2008; Mundos Locais, Centro Cultural de Lagos, 2008; Variable Capital, Bluecoat, Liverpool, 2008 and Port City, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, 2007. Recent solo exhibitions include Road Angel, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, 2007;Made In China, Matt’s Gallery, London, 2005 (and touring China with an Arts Council/British Council Artist’s Links award 2006). In 2007 Melanie Jackson was winner of the Jerwood Drawing Prize.


Laura Cinti is an artist working with biology. She is co-founder and co-director of C-LAB, an internationally recognised interdisciplinary art platform that generates and participates in both artistic and scientific forums. C-LAB has been invited to range of international conferences, exhibitions and continues to contribute in publications to broker discussions on the intersections of art and science. C-LAB is currently co-organiser of European Public Art Centre – EPAC(2010-2012), which focuses on collaborations between art and science across Europe and funded by the European Commission.

Laura has a PhD from UCL (Slade School of Fine Artin interdisciplinary capacity with UCL Centre of Biomedical Imaging), a Masters in Interactive Media: Critical Theory & Practice (Distinction) from Goldsmiths, University of London and BA (Hons) Fine Art (First Class) from University of Hertfordshire.

BRENDAN CLARKEPhilosophy of Science, UCL


I began my PhD at the UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies in 2007 under the supervision of Professor Donald Gillies and Dr Michela Massimi. My research project involves studying causation in medicine. Despite the reliance of medicine on causal arguments for both practice (for example, diagnosis depends on finding the cause(s) of symptoms) and research (for instance, finding the cause(s) of disease) the nature of causal processes is poorly understood. As part of this project, I am studying the development of causal arguments from the general medical literature. The diseases that I am studying are two early examples of viral oncogenesis – Burkitt’s lymphoma (caused by the Epstein Barr virus) and cervical cancer (caused by the Human Papilloma virus). They are interesting, from the perspective of the philosophy of science at least, as their discovery led to significant changes in the nature of causal arguments used in medicine.

As a counterpoint to the study of causation in the general medical literature, I am also investigating more specialist work on causation arising from medical epidemiology. In many ways these writings are a parallel literature on causation to that of philosophy. What is interesting, to me at least, is that despite many similarity of ideas about cause, the medical and philosophical literatures rarely intersect. The third strand of my research is therefore based in the philosophical literature on causation, and in particular to attempt to develop a broadly ‘philosophical’ analysis of medical causation.

As a distraction from the main body of the PhD, I have other interests in the philosophy of medicine, including the role of explanations in therapeutics, the impact (and some of the problems) of evidence-based medicine, and the relationship between clinical medicine and its research underpinnings.

IRILENIA NOBELIBioinformatics, Birkbeck, UK


‘My work is about an alternative way of assimilating our experience of responding to the world around us. It is about our interface and place in the world that is ever changing.’

Anne’s current working practice originates from her biological science background and initial object based practice.  Frustrated by the restraints of objectivity in the science world and feeling the futility of trying to achieve a solid lasting object in a world where neither physical presence or thought, stands still, her work has seen a gradual shift into lens based media.

Anne explores the world around her, whether that is the remote wilderness of Antarctica, the pool of dead insects found lying in her basement studio, or the biotechnical world of pathogenesis, quietly subverting the usual confines of scientific practice.

THIAGO SOVERALArchitect, Brazil



NATHAN COHENArtist, Central St Martins


JD TALASEKCurator and Director of Cultural Programs, National Academy of Sciences, USA



Katy Connor is an artist working with film, video and installation. Coming from a professional background in film and television production, she has been developing her artistic practice since 2004 and often works in collaboration with other artists. Katy has screened and exhibited her work in galleries and festivals in the UK, Europe and Japan.


Creative reflection on the moving image and its overwhelming presence in contemporary society currently informs my practice. Making work for the single-screen and large-scale projection pieces, I seek to create new forms of visual narrative and new environments for experiencing the work, including multi-channel installation.



Fascinated by the illusive moving form, that can only ever be glimpsed as it floods behind glass or projects across surfaces, I am interested in the capacity of the moving image to visualise patterns of thought and physical sensation – especially those at the edge of articulation, on the periphery of vision, behind closed eyes.

ORKAN TELHANArtist/designer, MIT, USA

MATT JOHNSONIndustrial designer and engineer, UK

VERONIKA VALKCurator and architect, Estonia/Australia


TOM BAILEYTheatre practioner, UK


JOY YUEYUE ZHANGSocial Scientist, LSE, UK/China

NICCOLO CASASArchitect, Italy


ELISA DOMINGUEZ HUTTINGERSystems & Synthetic Biologist, Imperial College London, UK