A film by boredomresearch, in collaboration with Dr Paddy Brock, University of Glasgow
An Animate Projects commission, supported by the Wellcome Trust
Winner of the Lumen Prize Moving Image Award 2016
AfterGlow (Susceptible, Exposed, Infected, 'Recovered') is a film made using sequences from a real-time digital artwork; informed by models of disease transmission, on a Malaysian island. Locked in perpetual twilight (prime
mosquito blood-feeding time), the film presents a terrain progressively illuminated by glowing trails, evocative of mosquito flight paths. These spiralling forms represent packets of blood, carried by mosquitoes infected with
Plasmodium knowlesi, a malaria parasite recently found to jump the species barrier from monkey to human.
The film captures the infection left in the wake of wandering macaques as they search the island for food and reveals the intimate relationship between disease and its environment. Here we see how the island’s empty dark mountains are quickly engulfed with glowing forms. The viewer journeys through the different stages of infection. Starting with delicately spiralling cells of colour that form clusters and then becoming turbulent when infectious. Where the infection is most dense, we see a blizzard of disease, vividly expressing the complexity of this dangerous scenario.
In exhibition, AfterGlow is presented as a generative artwork.