Deconstructing Patterns: review by the Evening Standard

Ben Luke reviews the exhibition and awards it three stars.

‘The idea of the creative exploration of patterns immediately conjures decorative images. But the patterns in this show are not surface triflings…

‘Complex science needs much explaining but this is extraordinary, awe-inspiring research. The dilemma is how to create art with a similar feeling.

‘Poet Sarah Howe and sound artist Chu-Li Shewring do so brilliantly with genomic data. In hanging domes with multiple speakers, you hear Howe’s poem describing the search for DNA patterns as “a biological Bletchley”. Shewring’s compositions are suitably mesmerising collages of interviews with the scientists and abstracted fragments from nature — seas or winds — set against white noise.’

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