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microMimesis - epiMimesis (towards new holoWorld)

Artistic project;  interactive immersive multimedia installation (VR)

in cooperation with 

Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry in Poznan, KNOW RNA Consortium

Poznan Supercomputer and Networking Centre

Genesilico Lab, the International Centre for Molecular & Cell Biology in Warsaw  

 

 

 

 

interdisciplinary art project combines scientific expertise in the area of physics, organic chemistry, microbiology, biotechnology and humanities with cultural and  individual imagination, with artistic visions. Using the latest imaging technologies and interaction, it evokes the eternal questions that underlie and occupied human curiosity and creativity:

                                    Where did we come from? Who are we? Where do we go?

microMimesis-epiMimesis refers to the perpetual human ambition to gain knowledge about the deepest “Big Data” secrets of the nature and thus about the power to process, to change or to set these data for the benefit of humanity, for the construction of a better future. At the same time it raises questions about the limits of our cognition, even with our best knowledge management, and whether we are actually able to understand, to control (and) or even to wisely guide self-organising complex systems.  

microMimesis-epiMimesis narration consists of nine epizones and takes place in a virtual supercomputing environment, in which a vast amount of data is continually being processed, increasing the BIG data resources that underpin our reality and virtuality. This is not by accident because epiMimesis comes out of the premise that  "All is Data ", starting with the most elementary particles, up to the most complex self-organizing systems.

The interface carries the interActor as an “apprentice” through various levels of matter organization: from entanglement of elementary particles through geometries of molecular structures to complexity of cellular networks and beyond with permanent communications on all levels. The inter-Actor acts as a catalyst for „natural” processes and, according to rules  of mimesis, and of probabilities and inevitabilities, transforms his environment. However, in a non-stable / unstable system with unknown/uncontrolled data, results can tend to totally different, unpredictable, unexpected outcomes.

 

The main scientific inspiration for this project was the latest scientific research on the basic structure of life – the RNA

RNA (ribonucleic acid) is a unique bio-molecule. It can be a storage and messenger of genetic information that passes the information from DNA to proteins.  In addition, many RNA molecules can catalyze chemical reactions like proteins or perform a plethora of regulatory roles that are the key to the metabolism of the cells and are absolutely essential for life at the molecular level.

RNA today is considered to be the best candidate for the “seed of life”, which predated the emergence of contemporary cellular life forms.  Indeed, the research on the evolution of life at molecular level has used the comparative analyses of rRNA molecules, which are present in absolutely all organisms living on Earth. Thus, new representations of the Tree of Life, based e.g., on rRNA sequences, have already replaced old imageries. 

While the chemical structure of RNA resembles DNA, it rarely forms long double stranded helices but complex spatial shapes that may have different functions in cells.

Whereas DNA is often associated with stability, determinism and preprogramed future, RNA stands for instability, diversity, transformation and diverse potentialities

 

extract from selected epizones: