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Neuron Conductor: Visualising cultured neural responses to the introduction of viruses and chemicals through a robotic arm conducting music.

Neuron Conductor: Visualising cultured neural responses to the introduction of viruses and chemicals through a robotic arm conducting music.

John McCormick, Adam Nash and Asim Bhatti / Australia
Deakin Motion.Lab, RMIT University, Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation
john.mccormick@deakin.edu.au

Neuron Conductor investigates the effects of biological neuron activity, cultured on a microelectrode array, in response to the introduction of viruses and pharmacological treatments. The responses are visualised through the movement of a robot which conducts a unique musical score. The resulting art/science work presents an alternative means of visualising and understanding neural responses as well as raising awareness and accessibility of the research. Neuron Conductor investigates real health issues in a unique manner as well as contemplating the role of non-human agency within hybrid biological / digital systems.