Mutator VR: Cell Flows
Cell Flows is an artistic representation of a tumour microenvironment undertaken in collaboration with scientists from the Francis Crick Institute in London.
In this experience, viewers encounter a tumour site surrounded by cancer cells and a type of blood cell called a fibroblast. Emanating from the tumour site are collagen fibers produced by the fibroblasts.
Evidence suggests that cancer cells can "hijack" fibroblasts through chemical signalling to lay down tracks that they then use for transport to other parts of the body. The user is allowed to disrupt this signalling mechanism through a controller press.
The work was shown at the Crick Late and Crick Discovery Day events in spring and summer of 2018.