This major exhibition addresses a crisis of representation surrounding viruses such as HIV, by bringing new scientific knowledge about viral capsids to the attention of the wider public. Capsids are protein shells contained within viruses that help protect and deliver viruses to host cells during infection. A comparison might be the shell of an egg that protects the yolk inside, allowing it to grow if fertilised. Starting from this jumping-off point, Walter explores how ideas and cultural forms are spread between individuals, groups and cultures (be it politics, faith or boyband crazes), and how they spawn and mutate in order to survive.
John Walter: CAPSID opens on Sat 10 Nov and runs until Sun 06 Jan. Find out more here.