30 June - 31 August 2021 • Online exhibition

Investigate and learn: In Search of Chemozoa (learning resources for children)

A close up photo of a dome-like blob which is glowing with pricks of colourful light, glowing like citylights in the night. Electric blue and bright red dots cover the blob's surface, and flame-like spines grown from the surface, which are bright yellow, white and red at the base.
boredomresearch, In Search of Chemozoa, 2021 – courtesy of the artists

As part of the exhibition at Aspex Portsmouth, Aspex commissioned two learning resources to enable children to investigate ideas about In Search of Chemozoa. And support questions about the thoughts it might prompt for younger viewers.

Resources can be found on Aspex Portsmouth’s website by clicking here.

Inspired by In Search of Chemozoa by boredomresearch, Molly Rolfe has created an activity for people who have questions. The aim is to help you to talk more confidently about what confuses you. (A learning resource supporting the animation (below) can be found at the link above.)

In Search of Chemozoa was commissioned and funded by the Arizona Cancer Evolution Center at the Biodesign Institute (USA) through an award from the National Institute of Health/National Cancer Institute, developed in partnership with Aspex Portsmouth (UK) and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

This online exhibition runs in parallel with a 3 channel moving image expression of the work at Aspex Portsmouth, UK – showing until 18 July 21. For details on the exhibition at Aspex click here.

To watch In Search of Chemozoa online, click here.

About the artists

boredomresearch is a collaboration between British artists Vicky Isley and Paul Smith, internationally renowned for exploring an understanding of the natural world through the medium of computational technologies. Becoming intimately aware of the vulnerability of complex systems, including those which support human life on earth, they present a daring new vision for technological innovation, centered on reuniting the presently splintered domains of art, science and society.

Their work considers our strategies for coping in a world increasingly destabilised by human activity. Collaborating with world leading scientists the artists are challenging a broader concern over a tendency towards increasingly complex solutions to answer the dilemma of environmental crisis.



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