Human Cell Atlas UK: One Cell At A Time ArtSci Exchange

One Cell At A Time Public Engagement – Project Launch

Wednesday 25 November, 2-5pm

Hosted on Zoom

About this series:

HCA UK: One Cell At A Time ArtSci Exchange is a series of three distinct but connected events that will be delivered during the lifecycle of the One Cell At a Time Public Engagement project. Through a curated series of online discussions, presentations and workshops we will bring commissioned artists and creatives together with scientists working on the HCA initiative through cross-disciplinary exchange, networking and collaboration. We will grow a community of artists and creatives who explore the science of HCA critically and materially throughout its trajectory and development. In doing so, hope to collectively shape novel approaches to engaging diverse communities with the pioneering scientific research generated by its members.

One Cell At A Time: Project Launch Presentations:

We were delighted to host our Project Launch on 25 November 2020 via Zoom. See below to find out more about each of our One Cell At A Time commissioned projects and the ways in which the commissioned artists would like to engage with HCA members across the UK.

From Flesh to Data (The Story of the Human Cell Atlas) by artists Dr Esther Teichmann and Christopher Stewart, and with a specially commissioned score from Deirdre Gribbin. The film looks at the interconnected histories of technologies of seeing, scientific discovery and our relationship to our bodies.

View Esther’s Project Launch presentation:

Embodying Normality – Newcastle

Donate my Body, Bequeath my Data by Stacey Pitsillides and Holly Standing

Using immersive technologies to explore questions of identity and data after death (Newcastle)

View Stacy and Holly’s Project Launch presentation:

Sensing Normality – London

Encompass by Baum & Leahy

Exploring the landscape of our guts and how we relate to the world of our cells by overlaying 3D images of cells with memories and emotions (London).

View Amanda and Rose’s Project Launch presentation:

Speculative Normality – Oxford

Call of the Silent Cell (working title) by boredomresearch

An animation exploring how scientific understanding of cells affects our sense of self (Oxford)

View Vicky and Paul’s Project Launch presentation:

Performing Normality – Cambridge

A way of doing things by Anna Macdonald

A dance and moving image project exploring how changes to movement can affect our perception of normality

View Anna’s Project Launch presentation:

Schools Challenge

How to build a Human: Design a Card Game Challenge by Little Inventors & Richard Heayes

The Human Cell Atlas and Little Inventors are offering Key Stage 3 students (11-14 years) the chance to create a Cell-tacluar card game inspired by the pioneering scientific research being generated by Human Cell Atlas members. The best design will be chosen by award winning game designer Richard Heayes, HCA scientists at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and Little Inventors.

View Dominic and Richard’s Project Launch presentation:

 

Agenda: 

This agenda may be subject to small changes to the running order.

2.00 Introduction by One Cell at a Time Project Curator Suzy O’Hara 

 

Human Cell Atlas - ArtSci Commissions

2.05 The Story of Human Cell Atlas by Esther Teichmann and Christopher Stewart

2.20 HCA members Lightening introductions x 2min

2.30 Performing Normality (Cambridge): A way of doing things by Anna Macdonald 

2.45 HCA members Lightening introductions x 2min

2.55 Embodying Normality (Newcastle upon Tyne): Donate my Body, Bequeath my Data 

3.10 HCA members Lightening introductions x 2min

 

3.20 Break 

 

3.30  Sensing Normality (London): Encompass: Navigating New Norms by Baum & Leahy

3.45  HCA members Lightening introductions x 2min

3.55 Speculative Normality (Oxford): Call of the Silent Cell (working title) by boredomresearch 

4.10 Breakout Rooms x 5: Discuss Artist led Provocations 


Future Talent 

4.30 How to build a Human: Design a Card Game Challenge by Little Inventors & Richard Heayes - design a card game

4.45 Breakout Room: Facilitated by Little Inventors & Hayes Game Design  

5.00 Finish 

HCA UK: One Cell At A Time ArtSci Exchange is a series of three distinct but connected events that will be delivered during the lifecycle of the One Cell At a Time Public Engagement project. Through a curated series of online discussions, presentations and workshops we will bring commissioned artists and creatives together with scientists working on the HCA initiative through cross-disciplinary exchange, networking and collaboration. We will grow a community of artists and creatives who explore the science of HCA critically and materially throughout its trajectory and development. In doing so,  hope to collectively shape novel approaches to engaging diverse communities with the pioneering scientific research generated by its members.  

The UK project is funded by a Research Enrichment Grant from Wellcome Trust, which has been awarded to HCA members spanning multiple institutions, including: Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK; EMBL-EBI, Cambridge, UK; University of Cambridge, Cambridge UK; Newcastle University, Newcastle UK; King’s College London, UK; University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.  The work has been developed with the support of the Wellcome Genome Campus Public Engagement (WGC PE) team.  The Principal Investigator on the grant is Sarah Teichmann, Head of Cellular Genetics at Wellcome Sanger Institute and co-chair of the HCA.