Exhibition ‘Life’s Journey, The Blocks That Build Us All’

08 Nov 22 — 22 Dec 22
Location Elisava (La Rambla, 30-32), Sala Ágora
Schedule From Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm / Inaguration 8.11 (19h)

Come and see the exhibition ‘Life’s Journey, The Blocks That Build Us All’, an experience created by Carla Molins Pitarch for the European project ChromDesign.

Our organism is a fascinating high-tech machine made up of multiple levels, layers and scales. Many parts of the body work tirelessly to make it function, repair it and constantly update it. The parts that compose it are so small that they often go unnoticed due to lack of resolution.

What happens at the scale of a nanometre? Can we visualise such a complex component on a scale a billion times smaller than a metre?

Visit the life’s journey exhibition to discover how YOU come to life thanks to DNA. There is much more to say about DNA than its 4 letters: A, G, T, C. Dig into the DNA and genetics history, facts and anecdotes. If that’s not enough, imagine if you had the power to programme DNA in three dimensions… See what happens!

This project has been developed in a molecular biology network, ChromDesign, which will be exhibited for the first time in Barcelona before sharing it with the other international members of the project. This project has the support and collaboration of the CRG and CNAG.

About Carla Molins Pitarch

Carla Molins Pitarch is a creative technologist, experience designer, researcher, teacher and passionate about science, art and technology. She is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD researcher in science communication at ChromDesign-ITN, ELISAVA Research, the Research Group in Scientific Communication (GRECC) and the Observatory of Scientific Communication (OCC).

During her stay in New York, she worked as a lecturer at Parsons, teaching Information Visualization—in the Strategic Design & Management BBA programme—and Design Methodologies—in the Design & Technology MFA programme. She collaborated with the National Museum of Natural History (Washington DC, USA) and was a researcher at Brooklyn Research, where she worked on the Blips and Blobs project, which offers the possibility to visualise different growth patterns of Physarum polycephalum by decoding signals captured from NOAA weather satellites.

In 2017 she collaborated with John Sharp and Colleen Macklin on their book Iterate: Ten Lessons in Design and Failure (2019), conceptualising the book’s diagrams together with Tuba Ozkan.

She has won Parsons / Verizon Design Jam awards for the most critical design; NYCML’18 in the creative technology category for the Enlightening Dark Matter project, and the Laus Bronze for the final project Annihilation, which offered a representation of antimatter.