• Ectopic expression of DREF1–125 inhibits DNA replication of cells in the second mitotic wave. Fumiko Hirose et al. Mol. Cell. Biol. 1999; doi:10.1128/MCB.19.9.6020 [Drosophila eye imaginal disc – image edited]

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The imaginal disc

Holometaboly is the materially ob­servant description of an insect’s meta­morpho­sis in the pupa state. It commences by the larva di­gesting its own corporeal tissue, turn­ing itself into an energetic pulp from which the insect’s form is sub­se­quently modeled. During this autodigestion, imagin­al discs – cell pods existing qui­es­cently in the larva form – acti­vate, shifting position in the liquefying body to become the seed points for the future insect’s wings, legs, eyes, genitalia and other features.

Rendering structural dissolution in one view with the mobilization of formal in­form­ation, holometaboly presents a metaphor for a conception of deep change in which entropic degradation appears interactive with, rather than para­doxical to, the continuity and development of information clusters, however unmoored and displaced. In its anti-roadmap roadmap, deep change appears as neither catastrophic nor a know­able pro­ject, but as a dynamic in which chaotic and mnemonic forms and actions are purposefully allied, and in which pre­diction can be per­formed through and because of the anti-rational erosion it is pred­i­cat­ed upon.

Through the lens of the imaginal disc, ɬɾąŋʂɠɛŋıƈ 2021 has set out to explore the interdependence of knowing and unknowing at the membranes between built and natural en­vi­ron­ments – ways of detaching and connecting, path­ways of searching and researching, acts of resolving and dissolving, motions of decoding and encoding, merits of remembering and forgetting, …