PREVIEW: Spare Parts, Science Gallery London

The gallery’s latest exhibition will concentrate on the art, science and technology that enables human repair and alteration. 

On display from the 28th February, this second exhibition at the Science Gallery London will draw upon the latest research from the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences at King’s, the exhibition examines organ transplantation and tissue regeneration through the creative responses of world-renowned artists and designers.

The free display and accompanying events will also concentrate on the emotional and psychological aspects of living with a replacement organ or limb; organic or engineered. It has been created alongside scientists from King’s College London and the gallery’s Young Leaders – from neighbouring boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark – to invite visitors to question whether ‘spare parts’ can exist outside the biological body, or whether our bodies can be a sum of independent parts that are regenerated, enhanced, donated or altered.

Highlights of the exhibition are set to include experimental incubators hosting cellular life from Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr, auditory prosthetics from sculptor Tabatha Andrews, body parts crafted from fabrics created by textile designer Amy Congdon and 3D-printed models of hearts designed by Salomé Bazin, founder of Cellule, a collaborative design studio for healthcare innovation. Video and sound installations describing the impact of organ donation are also showcased alongside the voices of patients, artists, and scientists from the Biomedical Engineering Department, the Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine and the Tissue Engineering and Biophotonics Division at King’s.

Talking about the display, Stéphanie Delcroix, curator-producer for Spare Parts said, “The thought-provoking artworks featured within Spare Parts attempt to challenge preconceptions around the repair of the human body. This distinctive exhibition offers unexpected perspectives and striking visual metaphors that describe the technological and scientific advances that can restore our bodies and sustain human life”. 

Spare Parts will be on display at the Science Gallery from the 28th  February until the 12th May 2019.  

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