Authors: Isley, V., Smith, P. and boredomresearch

Start date: 31 January 2016

boredomresearch’s computer generated landscape, AfterGlow (2015), is charged by the research of mathematical modeller, Dr Paddy Brock (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine at the University of Glasgow), who uses analysis tools from ecology and epidemiology to explore an emerging zoonotic malaria, Plasmodium knowlesi previously thought only to infect long-tailed and pig-tailed macaques.

AfterGlow is a 3D animated landscape which runs in real-time, locked in perpetual twilight - prime mosquito blood-feeding time. Gradually the terrain becomes illuminated by glowing trails evocative of mosquito flight paths. These spiralling forms represent packets of blood infected with Plasmodium knowlesi a malaria parasite recently found to jump the species barrier from monkey to human.

Animating the infection left in the wake of wandering macaques as they search the island for food, AfterGlow reveals the intimate relationship between disease and its environment. As an autonomous camera explores the dark mountains, the viewer becomes immersed in a blizzard of infection. Composed of delicate, spiraling, cells of colour, these combine to form a vivid expression of this dangerous disease.

AfterGlow is a artwork commissioned for the Silent Signal programme, an Animate Projects commission, supported by the Wellcome Trust and Garfield Weston Foundation.

This artwork will tour as part of the Silent Signal programme in 2016 to QUAD, Derby (6 Feb – 6 Mar 2016); VIVID Projects, Birmingham (18 Mar – Sat 16 Apr 2016) and is being submitted to other festivals & exhibitions.

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