PARA-SITE-SEEING: DEPARTURE LOUNGE is a new art-science exhibition by Rod Dillon and Jen Southern, inviting you to imagine life from the perspective of the Leishmania parasite.
This deadly parasite has been travelling for millions of years, catching flights between humans, dogs and other animals using sand flies as their mode of transport. Throughout human history, the parasites have exploited conflict and competition to move between continents. Now, humans at University of Dundee's Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research (WCAIR) are fighting back!
The exhibiton is an expansion of Rod Dillon and Jen Southern's travel blog website PARA-SITE-SEEING.org, co-commissioned by NEoN2018 Festival and Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research (WCAIR). PARA-SITE-SEEING: DEPARTURE LOUNGE is a partnership exhibition commissioned by LifeSpace Science Art Research Gallery and WCAIR. WCAIR is setting its sights on infectious disease, creating a world-leading hub for drug discovery and enhancing public awareness of Neglected Tropical Diseases, engaging the public in research and developing understanding on the importance of the drug discovery process.
The exhibition was devised by Rod Dillon and Jen Southern in dialogue with LifeSpace curator and project manager Holly Knox Yeoman and WCAIR Public engagement manager Ali Floyd.