The adaptive strategies of pathogens and the evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacteria has informed Coleman and Hodges exploration of the wider implications of human co-existence with microbial life. Their work, featured in the exhibition Transmissions, considers two different pathogens; Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria that lives commensally on 30 percent of the human population, but causes problems in hospital settings (MRSA).
Using out of gallery interventions, manipulated objects and speculative design, Coleman and Hodges explore the transmission of these pathogens in both historical and contemporary cultural settings. In illuminating aspects of the microbiology and ecology of these microscopic organisms, they also shed light on how contemporary society continues to be challenged by the evolution of the microbiological world.
Coleman is a visual artist and designer and collaborates with Jo Hodges. He has created and collaborated on local, national and international arts projects in a variety of media including live art, sculpture, installation and film.