Silent Signal

19 March – 23 April 2016

Silent Signal is an ambitious group exhibition that brings six artists working with animation together with six leading biomedical scientists, to create experimental animated artworks exploring new ways of thinking about the human body. Each work is the result of an artist working in close collaboration with a scientist for two years to produce work in response to scientific research exploring how the immune system functions, how disease is spread and how our genetic code can be manipulated.

Silent Signal collaborations are: AfterGlow by boredomresearch with Dr Paddy Brock (University of Glasgow), Sleepless by Ellie Land with Professor Peter Oliver (University of Oxford), Battle of Blister by Genetic Moo with Dr Neil Dufton (Imperial College London),Loop by Samantha Moore with Dr Serge Mostowy (Imperial College London), Immunecraft by Eric Schockmel with Dr Megan MacLeod (University of Glasgow), The Signal and the Noise by Charlie Tweed with Dr Darren Logan (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute).

The Silent Signal project is curated and produced by Animate Projects with a range of partner organisations, supported by a Wellcome Trust Large Arts Award and the Garfield Weston Foundation. Silent Signal is presented in Birmingham by Vivid Projects with additional support from University of Birmingham.

18 March | Public Preview | 6-8pm
All are welcome to join us for the public preview at Vivid Projects, 16 Minerva Works, Fazeley St, Birmingham B5 5RS. Please note that works will be sited between Vivid Projects and site specific locations at University of Birmingham. Works off-site open from 9am 14 March as part of the Arts & Science Festival.

Off-site presentations at University of Birmingham | Biosciences Building (R27 on campus map) are open Monday-Friday, 9-5pm, 14 March-22 April.
Works: Battle of Blister by Genetic Moo with Dr Neil Dufton (Imperial College London)
Immunecraft by Eric Schockmel with Dr Megan MacLeod (University of Glasgow)
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Exhibition at Vivid Projects continues Thursday-Saturday, 12-5pm 19 March – 23 April.
Find out more about the whole project and explore the scientific resources at

Vivid Projects is pleased to present two events in partnership with the annual Arts & Science Festival at the University of Birmingham, curated by Yasmeen Baig-Clifford as part of the public engagement programme for the nationally touring Silent Signal project.

15 March | 10-5pm | Digital Humanities Hub
University of Birmingham

The Blister Cinema Workshop with Genetic Moo and Silent Signal Salon will take place on 15 March at the Digital Humanities Hub, University of Birmingham. All events are free, see ‘Silent Signal Events’ for booking details.

1 April | 7-9pm | Vivid Projects
16 Minerva Works, Fazeley St, Birmingham B5 5RS
Part of Digbeth First Friday / Free

Join us for a special event at Silent Signal. Creative producer Kaye Winwood (Diabolical Roses, Anarchidinner) plays with your senses for a Fools Day evening opening.


boredom research Afterglow Charlie Tweed SIGNAL AND THE NOISE Ellie Land Sleepless Samantha Moore LOOP Eric Schockmel Immunecraft Genetic Moo Battle Of Blister