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CRI Research Seminar: Cyrus Clarke

CRI Research Seminar: Cyrus Clarke

Interspecies Gossip Cyrus Clarke and Monika Seyfrid are a designer/artist duo who are this year's Ginkgo Bioworks Creative Residents. During their residency they are developing a new research project entitled Interspecies Gossip. In this work they are investigating how we might use skin as a data interface for exchange between the species. Interspecies Gossip looks into the interactions between organisms, from micro to planetary scale, the networks of data exchange that exist within living systems, and ways to facilitate new lines of data exchange.Examining the context of life at home during the pandemic, their research explores the conversations within, between and amongst the multispecies that often go unheard, unseen and undetected.

About the speaker: As this year's residency with Ginkgo Bioworks is a virtual residency due to COVID-19, Cyrus will be hosted at CRI for the remainder of the residency program. During the time here, he is hoping to collaborate with the CRI network to develop a set of practices and biological skin interfaces to get in touch with the biological, microbial cloud of the home. Since 2017 Cyrus and Monika have collaborated in their practice as a duo through their work on Grow Your Own Cloud, exploring alternative relationships with nature and technology to create interactive and immersive experiences that tell stories about possible futures. Their methods blend the fictional and real, using speculative design to critique, interrogate, and widen imaginations, whilst grounding themselves in technical realities alongside scientists. Their work has been exhibited internationally including at the World Climate Summit 2019, Davos WEF 2020, Bio26 Biennial of Design 2019 and Primer NYC 2018. Their work has been recognised by various awarding bodies including the UN, Interaction Awards and Core77.