The Chimera Network

Research Network

Project Team:

Principal Investigator:

Dr Alex Mermikides, Kingston University


Dr Milton Mermikides, University of Surrey

Shaun May, Central School of Speech and Drama

Department of Haematology at Hammersmith Hospital

Department of Haematology at Antwerp University Hospital


Fuel Theatre

Andy Lavender, University of Surrey

Jamie Wilson, Nature Immunology

The Anthony Nolan Trust

Award Information:

The Chimera Network brings together a network of scholars and professionals in arts and science disciplines. Through a series of events and artworks, the network explores collaborations between performance practitioners and scientists, asking:

  • How might collaborating with scientists generate novel creative methodologies, dramaturgical strategies and modes of spectatorship in performance practice?
  • How might collaborating with performance practitioners prompt new understandings of scientific ideas and forms of science communication for both scientists and the general public?

A central strand of the research is the practice-as-research project, Bloodlines, which addresses these questions through a collaboration between a theatre-maker, a sound composer, a digital artist, choreographer-dancers and a clinical haematologist. We are also supporting the development of creative practice in this field through public events and workshops and our Resources for Practitioners. And we are looking to further research into science and arts collaborations through events, our Long Lunch series and our Resources for Researchers.

Project dates: February- August 2014