Scales of Life

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    Scales of Life

    An exhibition to mark the opening of LifeSpace featuring art work by Thomson & Craighead, Elaine Shemilt, Tabitha Moses and Helen Chadwick. Preview: Friday 3 October 2014, 6-8pm Special events: Saturday 4 October, 3pm Artists and Scientists Talks and Curator’s tour with Elaine Shemilt, Thomson & Craighead and Dr. Nick Schurch. Featuring new and existing art works by Thomson & Craighead, Elaine Shemilt, Tabitha Moses and Helen Chadwick, alongside artefacts from the University's collections, the exhibition shows how visual artists have represented the fundamental scales of life - from molecules to organelles to cells to tissue. Scales of Life focuses on how scientific research into biological components is the basis of the understanding and treatment of many diseases, yet these artworks, made from materials as diverse as embroidery or digital video, present other ways of picturing scientific knowledge. Thomson & Craighead's new digital installation work, Stutterer (2014), is a newly commissioned piece funded by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award, created from the source code of the human genome. Elaine Shemilt's prints, New Ways of Seeing (2014) build on work undertaken for the permanent commission integrated into the fabric of the building created in collaboration with life scientists. Helen Chadwick's Viral Landscape No.3 (1988-9) is one of a series of images she made which join together the natural landscape with the biological matter of life. Tabitha Moses' textile works are from a series titled Threshold: The Sublime Skin (2012) and are the result of conversations with sufferers of eczema. Teaching charts and objects from the University of Dundee's Museum collections show how these different scales of life science research have been visualised. The exhibition is curated by Dundee Fellow, Dr. Sarah Cook. LifeSpace is the new Science Art Research Gallery in the Centre for Translational and Interdisciplinary Research, College of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee. The unique gallery will host up to four major exhibitions each year, showcasing the best in collaborations between artists and scientists.
    Period1 Oct 201411 Jan 2015
    Event typeExhibition
    LocationDundee, United KingdomShow on map


    • art & science
    • sci-art
    • sciart