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microMIMESIS (Twisting Symmetries / Golem's Dream)

 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  

 

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microMimesis:

Inspired by recent research on RNA molecules, microMimesis bridges cultural imagination with scientific knowledge and technological innovation to create an interactive immersive environment, exploring complexity of human nature and re-posing questions: Where did we came from? Who are we? Where are we going?

MicroMimesis "happens" in the virtual environment of supercomputers. 

MicroMimesis conducts an interActor, like a Laborant or Master's Student, through various levels of organization of the world: from elementary particles to cellular networks, from chaos to dynamics of systems, which development is based on the principles of symmetry: complementarity, diversity and reproduction.
MicroMimesis provokes a question about the nature and boundaries of our knowledge, ourselves and our dreams of a new/alternative world, but also whether we are actually able to understand and control complex systems when today's Internet of Things  turns into tomorrow's Internet Minds (Internet of minds)

Why 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 . We can now imagine a living world without DNA and without proteins, but we cannot imagine one without RNA. 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. The Greek concept developed in the Middle Ages as scala naturae and later adopted by Charles Darwin, loses its linear character of an evolutionary ladder for the sake of increasingly complicated topology of possible life forms, a big Web of Life we are part of.

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 just opposite stands for instability, diversity, transformation and various potentialities

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