The Biophilia project has been a true gift. From the iOS app it spawned to videos such as this, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more engaging multimedia exploration of where science meets art in today’s pop culture.
This video for the song “Hollow” is a collaboration with digital bio-artist Drew Berry, who is a bad-ass. Here’s my annotated story summary, but feel free to explore your own interpretations:
As we journey through the cytoplasm, past mitochondria, and into the twitching nuclear pore, we run into a lonely DNA-binding protein as it travels along the spiral path of the major groove in search of, well, something. As it passes wagging histone tails and dynamic nucleosomes, our green friend comes head-to-head with a mighty replication fork, thrown aside as leading and lagging strands are drawn through its replication machinery. A ghostly face, perhaps Björk’s ghost in her cellular machine, watches over as the protein is forced to wander on, alone, but not, to do whatever it is that little green proteins do.
Love this, more than you know. I’ll leave you with this line from the song:
The trunk of DNA
Now come forth
(via All Songs Considered)