Advancing Epigenetics Towards Systems Biology


An exhibition exploring epigenetics

Featuring works by:

  • Paul Liam Harrison
  • Jo Milne
  • Mhairi Towler

Opening: Wednesday 26 November, at 7.30pm
Exhibition: 27 November –13 December 2014
Espai Barra de Ferro,
Barra de Ferro 2, 08003 Barcelona

Epigenetics is currently an expanding field of biomedical research relating to changes in gene expression, phenotype and heredity as a result of external or environmental factors. The term an adaptation of Aristotle's theory of Epigenesis was initially coined by, the developmental biologist and philosopher, C.H. Waddington in 1942, to describe how genes might interact with their surroundings. Waddington developed a visual metaphor in the form of a ball sitting within the folds of a contoured landscape to illustrate the concept. The illustrations used by Waddington form the initial impetus for this exhibition as well as other more recent visual propositions explored by scientists working within the field of epigenetics to develop new epigenetic panoramas.

The works by the three artists respond to aspects of Epigenetics and reinterprets them in the media of film, print and paint.

With the collaboration of:

  • EpiGeneSys
  • Center for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona
  • Visual Research Centre, Duncan & Jordanstone School of Art, Dundee