Image of the Week: Blister Cinema’s “Tracer”
Our image of the week is a photograph taken using a 360 degree action camera fixed into the ceiling and operated using a mobile phone app. It captures “Tracer”, one of the interactive pieces on display as part of Blister Cinema 2 in Cardiff this weekend.
The show, created by Genetic Moo in collaboration with scientist Dr Neil Dufton from Imperial College, contains a series of interactive film sets. People are invited to explore what it is like to be inside an infected blister and their engagement is documented by cameras and the programmes themselves. The footage recorded will go towards making a short film about the inflammation process.
Blister Cinema allows humans to play the part of different elements within the inflamed blister from infectious microbes and chemical mediators to seeping plasma and migrating leukocytes.
“We filled the back room of the ArcadeCardiff gallery in Queens Arcade shopping centre in Cardiff with two large scale projections of an interactive art work called Tracer. It alludes to the formation of chemical gradients, or scent-trails, released from the site of injury (in this case a bite from a horsefly). In particular, we were thinking about histamine, which rapidly disperses from the mast cells to create an epicentre (or focal point) of inflammation in response to bacterial infection. User engagement resulted in a variety of trail patterns guided by the shapes and actions of the people in the space. A dynamic landscape quickly forms with straight, wiggly and spiralling trails. A user may become a skilful steerer quite quickly, able to leave more sophisticated trails. We witnessed one person attempting to spell words. The trails fade over time – like a natural chemical diffusion and this creates a three dimensional effect.”
Blister Cinema is an ongoing Animate Projects commission supported by the Wellcome Trust. The next instalment will be in Margate in June.