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At the Crossroads of Art and Science: ‘Somewhere in Between’


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At the Crossroads of Art and Science: ‘Somewhere in Between’

Wellcome gallery opens its major spring exhibition on 8 March.

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Science, art, or somewhere in between? Wellcome Collection opens its spring exhibition tomorrow 8 March with a display of four contemporary artists’ collaborations with scientists.

‘Somewhere in Between’ features Martina Amati, Daria Martin, Maria McKinney and John Walter’s art that interprets human experience, sense, sexual health, bodily limitation and position on the food chain.

At the Crossroads of Art and Science: ‘Somewhere in Between’

Alien Sex Club, 2015 Camp and Furnace, Liverpool. © John Walter. Photograph Rob Battersby.

Alien Sex Club, 2015 Camp and Furnace, Liverpool. © John Walter. Photograph Rob Battersby.

The artists crossed the bridge between science and art in challenging new ways, giving the fields of physiology, neuroscience, immunology and genetics a home at this exhibition. The works were selected from a range of arts projects funded by Wellcome, an institution that has advocated for conversations about science and health for over twenty years.

     

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The artists and works featured are:

Martina Amati, Under, 2015 A multi-screen installation that explores freediving: the act of going underwater with no breathing apparatus.

UNDER, 2015. © Martina Amati. Multiple screen installation. Wellcome Trust Large Art Award. Curator Michael Mazière, AmbikaP3, London. Photographer David Freeman

UNDER, 2015. © Martina Amati. Multiple screen installation. Wellcome Trust Large Art Award. Curator Michael Mazière, AmbikaP3, London. Photographer David Freeman

Daria Martin, Sensorium Tests and At the Threshold, 2012 – Daria Martin’s films convey the experience of mirror-touch synaesthesia, a newly-discovered neurological condition where people feel the sensation of what another person is touching.

     
Sensorium Tests, 2012, 16mm film, 10 minutes © Daria Martin, courtesy Maureen Paley, London

Sensorium Tests, 2012, 16mm film, 10 minutes © Daria Martin, courtesy Maureen Paley, London

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Maria McKinney, Sire, 2016 – Sire looks at genetics in cattle breeding and presents ideas about the past and the future of humanity’s efforts to shape nature.

Longevity Apoptosome, Black Water Lad (HE2067) © Maria McKinney

Longevity Apoptosome, Black Water Lad (HE2067) © Maria McKinney

John Walter, Alien Sex Club, 2015 – Comprising sculpture, painting, video and performance, Alien Sex Club is laid out in the style of a ‘cruise maze’ found in sex clubs and gay saunas. The installation furthers an understanding of the relationship between visual culture and HIV.

Alien Sex Club, 2015 Ambika P3, London.© John Walter. Photograph Jonathan Bassett.

Alien Sex Club, 2015 Ambika P3, London.© John Walter. Photograph Jonathan Bassett.

Somewhere in Between is curated by Laurie Britton Newell and runs until 27 August 2018.

Wellcome Collection 183 Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 2BE

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