Cellular Dynamics

Piano and projections in the concert-hall
Matt Wilson.

Cellular Dynamics

Launched in February 2017, Cellular Dynamics is unique visual and musical exploration of biology, capturing fascinating yet rarely-seen elements of laboratory research culture. In a series of events that blurs the boundaries between science and the arts, biological research is explored alongside live musical performance.

The Project

The spectacular environment of Colyer-Fergusson Hall on the University’s Canterbury campus provides a backdrop in which to explore visual culture emerging from cutting-edge research from the School of Biosciences, revealing hidden beauty within experimental data, live cell imaging video and laboratory spaces.

The series was also recorded as a sequence of individual 'chapters' on the Music Department's YouTube channel here:


Pianist playing in a concert hall


Cellular Dynamics has been performed as part of the Canterbury Festival, the Norwich Festival, the SPARK2019 Festival in Hong Kong, and the World Creativity and Innovation Week for the Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise Showcase.

Developed as a collaborative project between Professor Dan Lloyd (School of Biosciences) and Deputy Director of Music Daniel Harding (Music Department), images and film are presented alongside live performances of music for single and two pianos, including works by Philip Glass, John Cage, Tarik O'Regan and Gavin Bryars, performed by Daniel Harding and Matthew King; visuals and music combine to create a suitably meditative atmosphere in which to explore fundamental processes within living cells

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The Exhibition

In an ancillary exhibition also curated by Dr Dan Lloyd, Cellular Dynamics is enhanced by a collection of images, each generated through engagement with current research. Presented together with the performance, the range of images showcases the beauty in scientific data, aiming to shed some light on laboratory life and the process of discovery in the biological sciences.

Every image shown has a story to tell, and explores cutting-edge research in the fields of biomedical science, biochemistry, genetics and biotechnology. In addition to introducing new and interesting concepts at the forefront of scientific research, the exhibition aims to encourage the viewer to explore their own perspectives on art within the context of the biological sciences.

The exhibition alongside the event in October is presented in the Colyer-Fergusson Gallery, supported by Creative Campus; admission is free, and there is disabled access. 

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