Immunologist Megan MacLeod collaborated with Eric Schockmel, leading towards the creation of the work Immunecraft. This work adopts the form of a video game trailer, presenting a fictional game which gives users agency over real life cell culture to compete against opponent players. It explores the parallels between popular gameplay mechanics and some of the most important principles of the human immune system, including cellular memory and autoimmunity. It understands itself as a piece of speculative design futures, commenting on the principles of multiplayer online gaming in the age of DNA building blocks, printable organic electronics and biohacking, thus raising questions about bioethics.
Megan MacLeod will discuss her research and how this fed into the collaboration with artist Eric Schockmel to create this work. This joint CSI/LifeSpace seminar will discuss the work on display from a scientific perspective, allowing for a more in-depth approach to MacLeod's research and one of its outputs.