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Para-Site-Seeing

Research output: Exhibits, objects and web-based outputsExhibition

Published
Publication date6/11/2018
Place of PublicationDundee
PublisherNeon Digital Arts Festival
Media of outputOnline
Sizen/a
Original languageEnglish
EventNeon Digital Arts Festival: Lifespans - Various Locations, Dundee, United Kingdom
Duration: 6/11/201811/11/2018
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Exhibition

ExhibitionNeon Digital Arts Festival
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityDundee
Period6/11/1811/11/18
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Abstract

What does lifespan mean for a parasite that reproduces as asexual clones and is revived after 30 years suspended in a deep frozen state? How far does the digital footprint of a parasite stretch online? This work centers on the deadly Leishmania parasite that exploits human conflict and poverty to inhabit humans and cause the disease known as Leishmaniasis.

Para-site-seeing.org is a travel blogging portal for the Leishmania parasite, created by Jen Southern and Rod Dillon and co-commissioned with the Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research. Through the portal multiple narratives unfold, as parasites blog, tweet, insta and vlog their way around the world, tracing their lives in the wild, as experimental subjects in labs, transforming themselves on board sandflies as vehicles for multi-species encounters. Follow para-site-seeing from the parasites first out-of-body experience in the 1960’s and witness its first moments emerging from cryopreservation.