Artist Charlie Tweed created the animation The Signal and the Noise in collaboration with biochemist Dr Darren Logan. This work exposes the parallels of computer coding and genetic coding in humans and animals. Its narrators, an anonymous group of hybrid machines, look at these creatures as inefficient machines and consider ways of editing and improving their code. The film draws upon the latest advances in DNA sequencing technology, as well as new ways of controlling behaviour, such as Optogenetics, to propose a future vision of hybrid computing devices that are used to monitor and repair living things, resulting in better performing humans and animals. Whilst the work appears to be a piece of science fiction, all of the technologies and ideas discussed are based on actual advances and research, and visions of how things might materialise in the future.
Charlie Tweed will go into the work and the research that fed into it, whilst elaborating on the collaboration with Dr Darren Logan. For Silent Signal in LifeSpace, the artist has selected a number of different objects from the University of Dundee Museum’s collection. During his talk, Charlie Tweed will explain the relation between these different objects and The Signal and the Noise that can be seen in our screening space.