What is 5e + 16?

On the 15th March 2015, five hundred people came together in a spirit of co-operation and community, five hundred bodies depicting their own internal invisible mechanisms, through the language of dance.

The numbers of bacteria present in a single human body is around 100,000,000,000,000 (100Trillion). With 500 participants taking part the number of bacteria present was 50,000,000,000,000,000 (fifty thousand trillion). In calculator shorthand this is 5e+16, the title of the project.

This work is more than just the outcome for the exhibition. It celebrates the coming together of people, to work on a shared task towards a common goal and will ‘live-on’ for those that took part in and observed, a joyous and celebratory occasion.

The project doesn’t end when the film is edited and screened. During the lifespan of the exhibition viewers will become ‘part of the dance’ and can, if they wish see themselves subsumed into the dance and will be able to trace their place in the dance as it continues to grow online.

As lead artist I have often acted in the role of facilitator and I owe a huge thank you to the 500 volunteer dancers, Jules Laville (Lead Choreographer), Dr. Simon Lock of iDat, Gemma Ward (Participant Co-ordinator), Dr. Willam Gaze (Science advisor), the team of Dance Practitioners: Laura Coutts, Sarah Farrow-Jones, Jane Spurr, Suzie West and Josie Wroath and Kizzy Wroath (Website Manager).

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