I:DNA – Imagining Futures

I:DNA has toured Oxford, Coventry, the British Science Festival and is now at Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham until 3rd March 2020.  This innovative installation is a journey through the lived experience of those affected by genetic conditions. It includes a large sculpture and film with soundscape.

Statistics tell us that the average person is a carrier of at least one inherited genetic condition, yet many people are unaware of this, or the implications of genetic conditions for the health and wellbeing of affected families. Dr Felicity Boardman undertook extensive interviews with families affected by the most common inherited genetic conditions including Cystic Fibrosis, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Fragile X Syndrome, Thalassemia and Haemophilia, as well as families affected by undiagnosed genetic conditions.

STAMP Artistic Director Claudette Bryanston says: “STAMP has a unique approach to each project and the process by which we arrived at the finished installation is a hugely important part of I:DNA. This collaboration between the creative arts and social science shines a light on how we all view health and encourages everyone to have a conversation about disability and life choices.”

As well as the touring installation, a short documentary film reveals the fascinating approach to the process of making the work:


Artist Esther Appleyard-Fox with BRiGHTBLaCK have also created a complementary digital game from the same research – called iDNAKnowing.