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Imagining Cities Like Plants – Lise Autogena & Joshua Portway Residency

Working with the University of Cambridge, the Contemporary Art Society together with InSite Arts has managed the third year of artist residencies in the North West Cambridge Development site.

“The catalogue of forms is endless: until every shape has found its city, new cities will continue to born. When the forms exhaust their variety and come apart, the end of cities begins.” Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway‘s work ‘Imagining cities like plants’ is the result of research carried out by the artists during their residency at North West Cambridge Development, partnered with the Sainsbury Laboratory. The aim of the Sainsbury Laboratory is to elucidate the regulatory systems underlying plant growth and development. Inspired by this work, the artists investigated the structure of cities using models of plant growth and techniques acquired from plant biology. The resulting work took a sideways look at the relationship between urban ecology of the city and the cellular biology of plants.

This project was inspired by walks and talks with a selection of individuals from Cambridge University and members of the NWCD project team.

Read more about the North West Cambridge Public Art Strategy