Performance, science, architecture and dance: Home in the Service of Science was inspired by a year of conversations with scientists, cleaners, technicians, receptionists, security guards and the catering staff at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB).


“Our home is our base, a place that roots us to the earth, to the city or landscape; it gives us permanence and stability and allows us to build a life around it and within it”
The Meaning of Home, Edwin Heathcote


30 Bird and "public works" brought their artist residency at the LMB to its climactic end by creating a visual and theatrical performance with the participation of the LMB staff and students. The performance centred around a structure made up of a shed of curiosities, the space under the stairs, the parlour, the corridor and the study sitting in the atrium at the LMB building.


Inspired by a year of conversations debating architectural ideas of home in the service of science, the event  invited the audience to explore the relationship between scientific research and everyday life in an interdisciplinary transcultural performance.


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Resident Artists: Mehrdad Seyf (30 Bird), Torange Khonsari (public works)

Design and Construction Coordinator: Mara Weis (public works)

Choreographer and dancer: Pepa Ubera

Dancers: Josefina Camus, Fernanda Munoz-ewsome

Producer: Lia Prentaki

Production Manager: Lucy Hansom

LMB Public Engagement: Liz Pryke

LMB Workshop: Steve Scotcher

LMB Electrical Workshop: Martin Kyte

LMB Situation Scientists: Chris Hill, Minmin Yu, Inja Radman, Magda Barczyk. Ben Sutcliffe, Soudabeh Imanikia, Daniela Peris, Ha Thi Hoang, Stephen McLaughlin

LMB Instrument Scientists: Iva Kelava, Danielle Mersch

LMB Elevator Scientists: Charlie Morgan, Kristin Webster, Ester Vazquez Fernandez, Mohammad Mofatteh, Molly MattyP

Supported by MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Home in the service of science