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Genetic Automata

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Photograph of a dark exhibition space featuring a projected video on a large screen. The walls of the room slope inwards and are criss-cross of black wooden battens on grey fabric. The ceiling is a blue cloth draped over several cross joists. To the left the video shows a computer generated image of a sandy shoreline on which a large human skull sits, bathed in sunlight. To the right 3 visitors watch the film. Closest to the camera is a young woman seated in a wheelchair, her hand resting on her knee. Stood next to her is a woman in a green shirt who is using crutches. At the far end stands an individual in a yellow hooded top and blue jeans.
Genetic Automata exhibition, Dust to Data. Gallery Photo: Steven Pocock. © Larry Achiampong and David Blandy.

‘Genetic Automata’ is an ongoing body of video works by artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy exploring race and identity in an age of avatars, videogames and DNA ancestry. The four films in the series investigate where deeply ingrained ideas about race come from and the role that science has played in shaping these perceptions. The exhibition premieres ‘_GOD_MODE_’, the newest film in the series, commissioned by Wellcome Collection, Black Cultural Archives and Wellcome Connecting Science.

Exhibition guide

A digital exhibition guide, with audio description, British Sign Language and captions and transcripts is available to use on your own phone or device. You can access the guide using QR codes in the gallery, and there is a tactile line on the gallery floor to guide you between stops.

This downloadable document contains information to help you plan and prepare for your visit:

Visual story (PDF 1633kb)

About the partners

Black Cultural Archives

Black Cultural Archives is an independent, national registered charity whose mission is to collect, preserve and celebrate the histories of people of African and Caribbean descent in the UK and to inspire and give strength to individuals, communities, and society.

Wellcome Connecting Science

Wellcome Connecting Science's mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society.

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