Once Upon Us is a composite art project by Immuto collective in collaboration with sound artist Alessandro Baldessari, choreographer Riccardo Buscarini and Queen Mary University of London.
Inspired by the latest medical research on how our environment influences our genetic expression and how memories could move across generations through DNA coding, Once Upon Us explores the blurring boundaries of our individuality across space and time.
From 26 June to 7 July on the front lawn of the Queen Mary’s Queens’ Building in Mile End, a participatory and sensory installation plays with our sense of space and of Self. The interaction of sound, reflections and changing light becomes a metaphor for the dance that involves the present we are, the past we contain and the future we are creating.
On 27 June, audience and leading experts from different fields (from epigenetics to archeology, from psychology to wisdom traditions) engage in a thought-provoking conversation about the interplay of ancient and new theories on the theme of ancestral memory.
On 2 July, artists and scientists from around the world come together in a playful evening to build a sculptural installation that questions how our choices shape our relationship with ourselves and the world around us.
Where and when do we start? Where and when do we end? Are the boundaries of who we are really as defined in time and space as we think?