Dr Simon Park
Creative Collaborations with Superorganisms
Microorganisms are, and always have been, the dominant form of life on Earth and as such offer an unprecedented conceptual palette for artists. However, because of our innate prejudice towards the macroscopic, the sublime and aesthetic nature of the microbiological world is often overlooked. Cross-disciplinary projects involving both scientists and artists are becoming increasingly common and recently the microbe is being recognised as an important medium for art. In this talk Simon Park will discussing how collaborations between artists, scientists, and even the microorganisms themselves, are at last starting to reveal the sublime nature of the microbial world to a wider audience.
Dr Simon Park is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey and teaches Bacteriology and Molecular Biology. His activities, and practice beyond scientific research, are driven by the misconception that microbiological life is primitive and always detrimental and his conviction is that collaborations with artists can lead to powerful concepts through which the true and sublime nature of the microbial world can be communicated in ways that transcends the usual forums offered by newspaper headlines and popular science magazines.