Once Upon Us is a composite art project by Immuto in collaboration with sound artist Alessandro Baldessari, choreographer Riccardo Buscarini, Professor Vardhman Rakyan and Queen Mary University of London.
Inspired by the latest medical research on how our environment influences our genetic expression and how memories could move across generations through DNA coding, Once Upon Us launches as part of the London Festival of Architecture of June 2019 and explores the blurring boundaries of our individuality across space and time.
From 26 June to 7 July, a participatory and sensory installation transmits memories gathered from across the world. The interaction of sound, reflections and changing light becomes a metaphor for the dance that involves the present we are, the past we contain and the future we are creating.
On 27 June, audience and leading experts from different fields (from epigenetics to psychology and wisdom traditions) engage in a thought-provoking conversation about the interplay of ancient and new theories on the theme of ancestral memory.
On 2 July and as part of the New Horizons in Genomics week at Queen Mary University, artists and scientists come together in a playful evening to build a sculptural installation that questions how our choices shape our relationship with ourselves and the world around us.
Where and when do we start? Where and when do we end? Are the boundaries of who we are really as defined in time and space as we think?