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Cellular Dynamics


The Project


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.

Cecllular Dynamics performance

Cellular Dynamics eventThe 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 (watch a short extract here).

Developed as a collaborative project between Dr. 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.

ICE presentation by Dan LloydCellular Dynamics was first performed as part of the University Lunchtime Concert series in February 2017; later in April, it was part of the World Creativity and Innovation Week for the Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise Showcase (pictured right), exploring science, communication and the arts. It was also performed in October as part of the Canterbury Festival.


October performanceFuture developments of the project include a collaboration with the University Cecilian Choir on Friday 23 March 2018, combining the images with contemporary choral music, and a two-week installation at Beach Creative gallery in Herne Bay in the summer of 2018.

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