Saturday 4 February 19:37

As part of the Sonic Acts' pre-festival lineup, The Noise of Being exhibition artist Joey Holder will present her work and have a public conversation with fellow artist Nicky Assmann the evening of 15 February at Spui 25 in Amsterdam. Come join as Holder delves into her project, showcasing the research that inspired her to create a speculative pharmaceutical company and how this relates to the search and sampling of lifeforms at the depths of the Antarctic Ocean to inform an understanding of what it means, or could mean, to be human. Working with scientific and technical experts, Joey Holder makes immersive, multimedia installations that explore the limits of the human and how we experience non-human, natural and technological forms. Mixing elements of biology, nanotechnology and natural history against computer programme interfaces, screen savers and measuring devices, she suggests the impermanence and interchangeability of these apparently contrasting and oppositional worlds: ‘everything is a mutant and a hybrid’. For her upcoming touring exhibition at Sonic Acts — against the backdrop of the emergent field of computational biology and the Google Genomics project — Holder invented Ophiux, a speculative pharmaceutical company, imagining its use of genetic sequencing equipment and biological machines to collect data from humans and to sample data from other organisms. As she explains: ‘It seems as if everything has become a branch of computer science, even our own bodies probed, imaged, modelled and mapped: re-drawn as digital information’. For the evening's talk, Holder will take us through the research that inspired the project and show unseen footage from remotely operated vehicles at the bottom of the Antarctic Ocean. This presentation will demonstrate how scientists sample data from lifeforms from the deep sea to find insights into our own makeup and further our evolution. An Evening with Joey Holder Date: Wednesday 15 February 2017 Time: 20:00–21:30 Location: Spui 25, Amsterdam Tickets €3 ex. fee

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