Bio-Artist, Synthetic Biologist, Biohacker
Dr. Latif is a bio-artist, synthetic biologist, and biohacker. He is known for creating music using living brain cells and genetically engineering his own stem cells to create fluorescent works of art. In his artistic practice he embraces the concepts of scientific democracy by attempting to directly connect, resonate, and challenge the way audiences think about science and the natural world. Throughout his career, he has used the concepts of “timeliness” and “relevance” as the source of inspiration for his bio-art projects. As Nina Simone once said, “It’s an artist’s duty to reflect the times in which we live.”
Ali Choudry, Dr. Matthew Latif
“Audio Pandemic” by Ali Choudhry and Dr. Matthew Latif is a novel, timely, and innovative project that uses the processes of “data sonification”, “data visualisation”, and “algorithmic composition” in a creative context to create audio-visual representations of the COVID-19 virus.