By Paul Miller in collaboration with The University of Salford

Taking us from the microscopic to the infinite vastness of the universe. MicroCosmic is an immersive installation of video, sound and projection-mapped sculpture. From the microscopic to the infinite vastness of the universe; inspired by pioneering scientific research, this immersive installation of video, sound and sculpture will take us on a sensory journey as we are surrounded by the flux of our internal and external realities. Where is the beginning and where is the end?

From a human point of view, our own mind and body are the centre of our universe. Continuous exploration of our biology is revealing more about how we function as discreet organic beings, whilst hosting multitudes of others. We are entwined in an intricate network of data to be deciphered.

Discovered just over 100 years ago, bacteriophages (phages) are viruses that infect bacteria. They are the most abundant and diverse organisms on Earth, found in both the natural environment and the human body. Their actions underlie the fundamental biology of our planet. Phages have been in a perpetual evolutionary dance with their bacterial hosts for millions of years.

With an appearance evocative of a classic sci-fi alien, the phage, this otherworldly creature, is entering and exploring the inner universe of our bodies. New technologies enable us to discern its influence upon our delicate ecosystem. Just the word virus fills us with apprehension, as does the term alien, bringing forth countless fearful visions of the unknown. But with new research tools and deeper investigation, a more positive outlook is emerging. 

This installation is inspired by phage research between the Universities of Salford and Liverpool. They have worked together to develop a suite of activities to engage public thinking about the impact of phages on human health. For more information visit

This sci-Art installation is accompanied by our Microbial Puppet Masters activities: come along and find out more about the research that inspired MicroCosmic and make your own phage-inspired Christmas tree decoration!


Paul Miller in collaboration with The University of Salford
With students from the BA (Hons) Animation and BA (Hons) Digital Media and Extended Reality (XR)