Paul Harrison (Artist)

    Research output: Other contribution


    ‘#HASHTAG: Visions of Epigenetics’ is a series of multi-media works, events and an associated publication by Harrison, developed during his time as resident artist for EpiGeneSys European Network of Excellence, an EU-funded FP7 initiative, (2010-2016). Harrison acted as principal director, editor and curator of the overall arts research project, in addition to producing his own artwork.

    Building on Harrison’s research exploring the visualisation of Epigenetics and Systems Biology, he utilised the metaphor of C.H. Waddington’s ‘Epigenetic Landscapes’ (1957) as a model for how gene regulation modulates development. Epigenetics is an expanding field of biomedical research relating to changes in gene expression, phenotype and heredity factors as a result of external reasons. Harrison collaborated with network scientists and other practitioners to develop original models of this concept. 

    Pilot exhibitions were presented at multiple venues including the EINA University of Design & Art Gallery, Barcelona (2014). This research culminated in a large-scale exhibition held across the seven gallery spaces of the Cité International des Arts in Paris (May 2015). Selected elements have since been exhibited in international institutions such as The China Academy of Arts, Hangzhou; Isla Centre for Arts, University of Guam; George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University, USA; and Enterprise Square Gallery, Edmonton, Canada. The accompanying publication (re) visions is published by Discovery Press.

    Harrison’s research formed the basis for additional activities, leading to his invitation to be Co-Investigator (Arts & Public Engagement Projects Leader) on the Personal Genome Project (PGP UK) led by Professor Stephan Beck (UCL, London).
    Original languageEnglish
    TypeMulti Component Output
    PublisherUniversity of Dundee
    Publication statusPublished - 2020


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