On 23rd and 24th October I presented the project to members of the public at the Brigstow Institute Showcase in Bristol city centre. These photographs show elements of the residency and how I chose to display them, to engage with public audiences.
This conceptual sculpture is a wooden box containing 94 glass slides of blood specimens collected by Antin, from poets and artists in the New York art and poetry scene during this period. The named samples include Allen Ginsberg, Carolee Schneeman, Yvonne Rainer and Allan Kaprow. Last week I had a meeting with two scientists in … Continue reading Eleanor Antin ‘Blood of a Poet Box’ (1965–8)
SYNTHETIC exhibition September 2017
Selection of works on tabletop (2017) top left: phial containing a PolyHIPE scaffold, used to replicate bone marrow in lab-based cultures of red blood cells, Biochemistry text book middle left: Biochemistry text book showing black and white microscopic photographs of erythrocytes, black obsidian mirror bottom left: fluorescent red acrylic disc, postcard showing black and white … Continue reading Blood Culture: installation Konteksty, Sokołowsko, Poland 2017
In July I was invited to take part in the 7th International Sokołowsko Festival of Ephemeral Art in Poland. Konteksty (Contexts in English) is the annual festival curated by Małgorzata Sady, which takes place in and around the site of a former Sanitorium in Sokołowsko, southern Poland. This Sanitorium, developed by Dr Hermann Brehmer in 1885, was the worlds … Continue reading Konteksty 2017
This year Spike Open presented a great opportunity to discuss the residency and my work in progress. I spoke with a wide range of people informally about the project, and together we touched upon many subjects, including blood donation, scientific imaging technologies, haemophilia, and the similarities between blood and arctic ice coagulation. Open studio 2017 … Continue reading Open Studio 2017
As part of my residency I've been gathering materials: looking at how artists approach and engage with the body and it's biotechnological, material substance through different media and processes. Here are a few initial examples: Contexts
Spike Island Bristol runs from 28th April-1st May 2017. This year I'll be exhibiting some work-in-progress from the residency and there will be opportunities throughout the weekend for members of the public to engage with the project, through Q&A and discussion. Come and find me in Studio 94!
Last week I started to look at some of the red blood cells that are being grown in flasks in the lab. Through the optical microscope the cells can be seen at a magnification of 10x and 20x and I captured some photographs here: Micrografia
In considering a way to approach (thinking about) red blood cells through an artistic research methodology, I've been looking at the work of Marcel Bessis (1917-1994) Professor in the School of Medicine, at University of Paris and Director of the Institute of Cellular Pathology. Corpuscles, an Atlas of Red Blood Cell shapes (1974) is a … Continue reading A language of liquids