The installations across the famous Fishmongers’ Hall, London, curated by Culture A, explore the subject of human progress through scientific advancement of a computer application called KnetMiner, and the genetic modification of a plant called Camelina. The first Lightdrawing interprets a data mining and visualisation software used by scientists to trawl complex biological databases for clues to design better crops. The software, called KnetMiner, has been developed by Rothamsted Research.
The second Lightdrawing takes a watercolour drawings of a scientist at work ad repeats it around the ceiling of the main space at Fishmongers’ Hall in the manner of Greek decorative pottery.
The final Lightdrawing is inspired by genetic modification developments in a plant called Camelina. Consumption of omega-3 fish oils is proven to benefit human health, however wild fish stocks are a dwindling natural source of the oils. By transferring genes from marine micro-organisms into the seedpods of Camelina, scientists at Rothamsted Research have made it possible for the plant to produce a land-based source of omega-3 fish oils, which has the potential to be used as a sustainable feedstock for farmed fish.