LUMIERE DURHAM 2013
Developed in collaboration with Professor John Girkin and Cristiana Cavina-Pratesi, produced by Forma. Supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award and Durham University.
They say that the eye is the window into the soul: for Gina Czarnecki, I was an interactive exploration into what it is to be human.
Art met science in this investigation of the eye and its relationship to the human body. I was a large-scale artwork, and a new commission for Lumiere Durham 2013. Artist Czarnecki is fascinated by human relationships with image, disease, evolution and genetic research. For I, she worked with biophysicist, Professor John Girkin of Durham University. Using bio-medical imagery of eyes a beautiful, dynamic artwork was projected onto the façade of the Bill Bryson Library.
Using equipment that is usually used by security services, audience members were invited to interact with the work, experiencing and adding to it with scans of their own eyes.
A discussion event at the University also explored the eye in art and science.
Gina Czarnecki’s career to date encompasses film and installation, with an emphasis on specialising in advanced technologies of image production. Her projects are created in collaboration with biotechnologists, computer programmers, dancers and sound artists, to confront issues surrounding the convergence of biology and technology, and the possible corruption of the human genetic mix.