Friday, July 26, 2013

Download Denisovan for Free

Denisovan is not a game, but not a book -- it resides somewhere between the two.  It is a fictional imagining of a girl who died 40,000 years ago, published as an animated and interactive Android, iPad and iPhone App by Heather D. Freeman, Associate Professor of Digital Media at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

The story was inspired by the genomic mapping of a contemporary of early humans and Neanderthal, the denisovan hominin.  A tooth and finger bone from a single individual were found in a cave in Siberia, and paleogeneticists were able to determine that they had discovered a whole new hominid.

The story of human evolution is many things, but one part of that is the nurturing of children by mothers and fathers, generation after generation.  We know that the denisovan girl had brown hair and eyes, but we can only speculate about her relationship to her family members, and how parent child relationships may have evolved in the last 40,000 years.

Contact the Artist
Heather D. Freeman
Department of Art and Art History
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223

Artist Biography
Heather D. Freeman is Associate Professor of Digital Media at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she teaches animation, digital print, video, installation and drawing. She grew in Skillman, New Jersey and was heavily influenced by her parents’ careers in the sciences. She holds a BA in Fine Art and German Studies from Oberlin College and an MFA in Studio Art from Rutgers University. Previously, Freeman worked as an art director, graphic designer, editor and animator in New York and New Jersey. She also taught art, graphic design and visual rhetoric since 2001 at various institutions including the University of Kentucky and Clemson University. Her work is regularly exhibited regionally and nationally and has appeared in international exhibitions in Australia, Canada, China, Cuba, Germany, Hungary, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Thailand and the United Kingdom. More of her work can be viewed at

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