Silencing The Virus

Lily was recently invited to be Artist-in-Residence at the The Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge to work on her ecological practice.

Interactive Sound Sculpture, 2018

Silencing the Virus is a hive mind collaboration between artist Lily Hunter Green, molecular biologists Dr Eyal Maori and Dr Luigi Aloia (The Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge), and computer scientist Karun Matharu.

One of the major causes of the rapid decline in the global honeybee population is the persistent outbreak of diseases. This includes the Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus (IAPV): an RNA virus that leaves honeybees paralyzed, and which frequently results in the death of entire colonies.

Drawing on Dr Eyal Maori’s research at The Gurdon Institute, Silencing The Virus re-imagines the spread of this virus via an interactive sound sculpture that combines a visual demonstration of a digital honeycomb that has been artificially infected with the IAPV virus with samples of Hunter Green’s original Bee Composed composition, also infected with a converted sample of the virus’s genome.