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Choreography of the Moving Cell: Moving from Exploration to Manifestation, 2010-2011

Catastrophic changes are constantly occurring inside the body, even at the subcellular level of self-assembled rods known as microtubules. Molecules violently collide, microtubules still form, but then ultimately collapse. The rise and fall of microtubules is essential to move chromosomes and to sustain a growing neuron. In the coming year, the Moving Cell Collaborative will develop a working version of its proposed “Cellular Catastrophe Arena” design and build and test a prototype for the full body protection and sense limiting suit to allow movement artists to safely recreate the environment found at the microscopic level of the cell. The collaborative also plans to expand the collaborative dialogue to other scientists and artists interested in the intersection of artistic and scientific endeavor and will work with Twin Cities-based film maker Robert Hammel to develop a documentary of the evolution of the project from its first creation workshop (held in December 2009) to the first formal production of Moving Cell tentatively scheduled for May 2011.

Conveners: Carl Flink (Dance) and David Odde (Biomedical Engineering)

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