Helen Storey | Neurogenesis Interactive Exhibition
0.1 Challenge - Marrying Neuroscience and Fashion
Working with sisters Kate and Helen Storey, Holition was asked to join their research exploration as a collaborator to produce an interactive exhibition that would convey how our nervous systems form. The overall aim of the installation was to provoke conversation around what happens when we can no longer make new nerve cells, or new memories, a process occurs in dementia, an issue close to the sisters hearts.
“The work illuminates the cellular basis of the forming nervous system and invites juxtaposition of understanding of this with our lived experience of the functions it underlines.”
- Developmental biologist, Kate Storey
0.2 Solution - Creating A Meaningful Link
Holition deployed motion-tracking technology to establish and intimate relationship between the viewer and key steps that advance neurogenesis. Helen’s dress, in a continuing process of degeneration, was snagged across tree branches to form a stark shadow, which provided the backdrop for film projection.
Holition then projected a movie that was generated in Kate’s laboratory, unravelling the process of cells becoming neurons. Reliant on a human presence, the interactive installation used the viewer’s position as a trigger to activate the revealing of the next stage in neuron generation. The work’s responsiveness to the viewer’s presence then facilitated a greater understanding of the neural development process.
Neurogenesis | Work In Progress (Letting Go)
0.3 Insights - Beginning a New Conversation
The powerful installation was unveiled in Dundee, Scotland, supported by Wellcome Trust and LifeSpace Science Art Research Gallery at the University of Dundee. The project initiated a new conversation about the effects of dimentia on a personal and collective level.