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A unique collaboration between the University of Lincoln’s Schools of Architecture & Design and Life Sciences will be the subject of a fascinating medical exhibition at this year’s Frequency Festival of Digital Culture.

Metastasis of the Body is a project by Irene Cheng, a postgraduate Architecture student, in collaboration with Dr Issam Hussain, Senior Lecturer in Life Sciences, and her tutor, Dr Francesco Proto.

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The project will now be on show at Frequency 2015 as part of the Post-human Lab: Architecture and the Body exhibition, exploring the long time analogy that architecture has established with the human body.

Irene Cheng’s work, as part of the Studio Design research group led by Dr Proto, investigates the ‘post-human’ in terms of the correlations between buildings and organic structures, thus focusing on the concept of ‘cancer’ emerging from contemporary philosophy. By mapping the effects of cancer on the human body, Irene offers a dystopian reflection of the future of architecture and the meaning of ‘sustainability’ in contemporary culture.

Irene has collaborated with Dr Hussain in order to incorporate the latest scientific findings into her work and integrated information from his cancer development, epidemiological and clinical research outcomes on metastasis – the spread of cancer from one organ to another. Their analysis depicts features of bone cancer such as the pattern of growth, characteristics of the cells, matrix production, and the relationship between the lesion tissue and surrounding bone; as well as scientific advancements in therapeutic approaches to bone cancer.

The resulting images will be showcased in the Post-human Lab exhibition at Chad Varah House and Chapel in Lincoln from Friday 23rd October – Sunday 1st November 2015, which will also include the work of Lincoln’s postgraduate Architecture students investigating the future state of the human in response to mutation and its influence on architecture.

Irene Cheng said: “It has been extremely rewarding to translate scientific findings into an artistic exhibition. The whole exhibition will promote our research group’s ethos, which challenges complex historical conundrums in the most original, creative and unexpected of ways.”

Frequency 2015 will transform iconic venues and medieval architecture across the historic city of Lincoln when it returns to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta this autumn. Showcasing an extraordinary programme of digital art exhibitions, bespoke installations, live performance and energetic debate, the biennial festival will take place across Lincoln from 23rd October – 1st November 2015 and will explore how the digital revolution has impacted, transformed and enhanced contemporary ideas of liberty and freedom.