Super-natural connects two points in time, the historical pre-enlightenment and genetic science of today, both periods signaling the onset of revolutionary or accelerated technological change. Integrating the practice of witchcraft with the emergent science of synthetic biology, the artist highlights the rifts between science and experimental folk culture. Working in residence in a synthetic biology wet-lab, she has constructed a synthetic life, animated by witchcraft and viewed through a scrying device.
Sneha Solanki is an artist based in Newcastle, working independently and in collaboration. Her practice employs methods of cultural agency, citizen science and surveillance, extending to performance, sound and installation. She has made work from the invisible signals from military bases, with plants, computer viruses enacting cold war politics, and with synthetic biology. Solanki has participated in projects at: The Arts Catalyst, London; CCA, Glasgow; Spectropia, Riga; Museum of Modern Art, Belgrade; Brown University Watson Institute, Boston; ICA, London; and the Post & Tele Museum, Copenhagen. She was also a co-founder of Polytechnic, an independent artist-led organisation, which emphasised hands-on, open and distributed approaches to art and technology between 2002-2012.
Supported by the Synthetic Biology Research Group, Newcastle University.