An ambitious EC-funded research initiative on epigenetics advancing towards systems biology 149

Hashtag – # Visions of Epigenetics
May 16 – 27, 2015
Cité Internationale des Arts
18 rue de l'Hôtel de Ville
Open Monday to Saturday 14h – 19h
Free admission

After decoding the genetic code of many species including humans, scientists realised that they do not hold the key to fully explaining the mysteries of life and our evolution. Despite this considerable step forward we are still far away from being able to understand many diseases and identify promising cures. In fact, there is yet another level of complexity, which adds to fine tuning our genes: These phenomena and mechanism are summarized under the term epigenetics. Epigenetics has become a rapidly evolving field and epigenetic news has reached the mainstream.

EpiGeneSys is a European Network of Excellence coordinated by Geneviève Almouzni, director of the Research Center of the Institut Curie, with more then 160 laboratories dispersed across Europe. Besides its scientific programme, the project includes the mission to raise public awareness and disseminate information about and from this growing area of research. EpiGeneSys has decided to choose an unusual way to engage with the public: Epigenetics leaves the laboratory and enters the world of art!

The exhibition Hashtag – # Visions of Epigenetics explains basic scientific concepts and presents the works of seven artists, who let themselves be inspired by the exciting world of epigenetic phenomena.

The artists:

Paul L. Harrison
Paul Harrison is an artist with a background and prevailing interest in print, printmaking and publishing. His practice inherently combines the use of traditional print methods and materials with new and emerging technologies. He is currently appointed as Lecturer/Researcher at the University of Dundee, and is Resident Artist with EpiGeneSys.

Paul Harrison © EpiGeneSys
Carole Chebron
Installation is at the heart of the practice of Carole Chebron. Ceramics, to printmaking, video, sound and image, she expands her research areas along with her projects. Delicate and thoughtful, she approached her subjects in a poetic way: she plays with symbols, takes away their skins, she scratches their surface in favor of an enigmatic and singular reading.

Nora Herman
Born In Buenos Aires, Nora Herman has lived and worked in Madrid, Burgos and New York before making Paris her permanent home in 1982.
Her works, which are devoted to painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing and writing, weave a seamless visual discourse that cannot be described with a single expression.

Nora Herman © Robert Schinner

Lia Giraud
Lia Giraud is a visual artist, living in Paris. A graduate of the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs (ENSAD) and a practicing photographer / videographer she questions our relationship with images. Since 2010, she has particularly been interested in the evolution of the relationship between life and its representation in the current techno-scientific context.

Marie Luce Nadal
Constantly looking for new experimental areas, Marie-Luce Nadal draws inspirations from the exploration of natural spaces through immersion in scientific laboratories. She is currently working on her PhD SACRe at PSL, interpreting and building artificial scenery from the observation of environments.

Marie-Luce Nadal © Pauline Nadal

Diana Markozashvili
Diana Markozashvili, scientist and visual artist, was born in 1983 in St Petersburg, Russia. When not busy with her PhD-research in molecular biology, Diana is engaged in photography and visual art, especially focusing on fluorescent art, which reflects her magic vision of the balance of life between stability and flexibility.

Laurent Derobert
Doctor of economic sciences and researcher, Laurent Derobert has been developing “existential mathematics” for several years, algebra devoted to poetic movements of being. He uses mathematical tools to draw the inner maze of everyone: emotions, thoughts and doubts are expressed therefore in equations, theorems and conjectures.

Laurent Derobert © Tito Gonzalez & Florencia Grisanti

David Lyons
an American, lectures on Media Design at the Abertay University in Dundee, Scotland and is a PhD researcher at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee. Lyons investigates the theories and practices of visual perception,exploring ideas of how artwork is seen and interpreted. He does this through prints, motion graphics and projections. He currently produces works in collaboration with sound artist Raz Ullah.

Raz Ullah
is a musician, sound artist and hardware hacker. His work incorporates both analogue and digital elements, interactive software, projections and homemade instruments. He has developed work for installations and events at Edinburgh Art Festival, Prague Signal Festival, Dundee Science Festival, NEoN Digital Arts and Soundproof Edinburgh.