Abiogenesis: Poetry Preview from the Leeds Creative Labs

Abiogenesis: Poetry Preview from the Leeds Creative Labs

Dr Caitlin StobiePadlet

I would like to submit a video preview of a new poem written as part of Blurred Lines: Life, Matter, Poetry. This ongoing collaboration with members of the Beales Research Group is part of the Leeds Creative Labs: Bragg Edition, considering blurred lines between non/human bodies and scales of agency in microscopic research (see www.blurredlinesleeds.co.uk for examples of our previous outputs). We have recently completed a new poem, "Abiogenesis", which uses the structure of DNA to inspire both its form and themes. It explores the origins of life by focusing on abiogenesis theory. I am proposing a sneak peek for the NNMHR ahead of sharing this poem on our website. The NNMHR presentation will feature a brief introduction by myself, contextualising my collaboration with Dr Paul Beales and our shared interests in life, matter, and life-like materials. Then I will move to sharing two versions of the poem: one read by myself, and the other interpreted by text-to-speech software. Both versions ‘visualise’ the text with original research videos of membrane fusion in artificial cells by researcher Marcos Perez. The presentation concludes by pointing to a forthcoming journal article based on Perez’s research.

University of Leeds, UK
Wed 09:30 - 11:00
Creative Methodologies
Video Poster