PREVIEW: On Edge: Living in an Age of Anxiety, Science Gallery London

On display from the 19th September, the Science Gallery London will highlight positive and creative responses to dealing with anxiety.

The Bad Feel Loops (Production image), Benedict Drew, 2019. Courtesy of the artist and Matt’s Gallery, London.

Combining art, design, psychology and neuroscience, On Edge: Living in an Age of Anxiety will bring together work by artists such as Leah Clements, Benedict Drew, Sarah Howe, Ann Lislegaard, Cian McConn, Harold Offeh, Resolve Collective, Cally Spooner, Suzanne Treister and Alice May Williams to explore the environmental and social factors that can cause worry and stress.

This free exhibition will use research conducted by  Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London to examine how all of us will experience anxiety at some point in our lives. It will also reflect the perspectives of a range of artists, scientists, young people and those with lived experience of anxiety, displaying new commissions developed by artists working in collaboration with researchers from King’s.

Talking about the display Curator-producer Mette Kjærgaard Præst said: “We aim to open up a critical conversation about the causes of and responses to anxiety in contemporary society. On Edge makes visible the possible connections between individual experiences and the wider societal conditions that frame them.”

Many of the artists whose work will be displayed, have used their own experiences to consider how individuals experience anxiety and develop creative coping mechanisms. Some of the artistic/academic collaborations will explore the relationship between sleep and anxiety; how we can destigmatise sensitive conversations around mental health; and what the emotional state of anxiety might look like if portrayed using sound and light.

Throughout the season, Science Gallery London will also host a discursive space for visitors to think about the ways we react to and experience anxiety. This will be designed by Resolve Collective and the Gallery’s Young Leaders, a group of 15-25-year olds who live, work or study at King’s or in the neighbouring boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth. A programme of free events, including talks, workshops and Friday Lates will continue the conversation around anxiety in contemporary society.

On Edge: Living in an Age of Anxiety will be on display at the Science Gallery London from the 19th September until the 19th January 2020.

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