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Silent Signal is an ambitious group exhibition at Vivid Projects, Birmingham.

It brings six artists working with animation together with six leading biomedical scientists, to create experimental animated artworks exploring new ways of thinking about the human body. From visualisations of the flight paths of disease-spreading mosquitos, to an exploration of the links between sleep and mental wellbeing, to an animated voyage through the inflammation process, the artist - scientist partnerships have resulted in works that present aspects of the human body in innovative interdisciplinary ways.

Each work is the result of an artist working in close collaboration with a scientist for two years to produce work in response to scientific research exploring how the immune system functions, how disease is spread and how our genetic code can be manipulated.

Devised and produced by Animate Projects and presented by partner organisations across the UK, Silent Signal travels to Vivid Projects, Birmingham, during March and April 2016 with the support of a Wellcome Trust Large Arts Award. Alongside the exhibition at Vivid Projects there will be a range of events taking place in partnership with the University of Birmingham as part of their Arts and Science Festival 2016, curated by Vivid Projects Director Yasmeen Baig-Clifford.

The exhibition runs: 18 March23 April 2016

Preview: Friday 18 March, 6-8pm


The six new Silent Signal commissions explore a range of themes.

AfterGlow, by boredomresearch with Dr. Paddy Brock (University of Glasgow) is a computer-generated landscape that depicts the intimate relationship between disease and its environment.

Sleepless by Ellie Land with Professor Peter Oliver (University of Oxford) is an exploration of the links now being discovered between sleep and mental health.

Battle of Blister by Genetic Moo with Dr Neil Dufton (Imperial College London) is an immersive film that takes the viewer on a fantastic voyage through the inflammation process.

Loop by Samantha Moore with Dr Serge Mostowy (Imperial College London) explores how scientists imagine their work and how they describe it.

Immunecraft by Eric Schockmel with Dr Megan MacLeod (University of Glasgow) presents a fictional game which gives users agency over a real life cell culture.

The Signal and the Noise by Charlie Tweed with Dr Darren Logan (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute) exposes the parallels between computer coding and genetic coding in humans and animals.