John A Douglas has recently commenced an artist residency at Symbiotica Lab located in the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology at UWA. The residency is part of an ongoing Australia Council funded creative research and development project for the new work Circles of Fire. The initial one month residency will assist in finding scientists for John to work with in the fields of immunology, neurolgy and kidney stem cell research.
The aim of the residency is to observe the effects of the renal transplant immunosuppressant drug Cyclosporine on the body and to collect data and imaging that will assist in the production of new work. The creative development project for Circles of Fire is currently documented on a research blog with regular updates. John will return to Symbiotica Lab later in 2015/16 to continue with the residency.