BLACK BOX Pop-up Cinema

Launches on 4 FEBRUARY 2019

Programme Run Times: 10:00 | 11:30 | 13:00 | 14:30 | 16:00

10am – 5.30pm, Monday to Friday

Bio-Medicine West Wing Foyer, Times Square

Opening the door on the inner workings of genetic research, Black Box is a curated programme of film works inspired by genetic themes. The programme showcases films by artists and researchers involved in a creative and critical engagement with the field of genetic medicine, alongside films produced by scientists that provide an insight into the research that takes place within the Institute of Genetic Medicine

BLACK BOX runs from 4 February – 1 March, with four themed weeks of cinema.


In FUTURES week, we explore how science and art influence each other through the imagination of genetic futures. We begin in FUTURES I with an introduction to the world of genetics through the voices of futuristic ‘hybrid machines’ in Charlie Tweed and Darren Logan’s The Signal and the Noise; the commuter-train discussions of geneticists Volker Straub, David Elliott and artist, Chris Dorsett in TrainSlidingTalk and the rapid-fire philosophy of Jason Silva in The Genetics Revolution. In FUTURES II, we hear of possibilities in genetic research from medical clinicians, biologists and designers working at the forefront of genetics and its’ sister discipline, synthetic biology. FUTURES III then presents three of many possible genetic futures: the development of designer pets in Demelza Kooij’s The Breeder, viral cuisine in Pei-Ying Lin’s Virophilia and the imaginative use of genetic engineering to develop myths for the future in The Ray Cat Solution.