A new exhibition showcasing collaborations between artists and scientists is opening at the Wellcome Collection.
Somewhere In Between considers how artists can give shape to the human experience, provoking ideas about our senses, our sexual health, our bodies’ limitations and reflections on our food chain.
Bringing together installations by Martina Amati, Daria Martin, Maria McKinney and John Walter, it shows how working together makes it possible to find solutions, challenge individual perspectives and find new ways of thinking.
The artists featured integrate current research from the fields of physiology, neuroscience, immunology and genetics in their work.
The works were selected from the range of arts projects funded by Wellcome, and are being presented at the free museum and library for the first time.
The artists and works featured are Martina Amati, Under (2015), a multi-screen installation exploring freediving that Amati developed with anaesthetist Professor Kevin Fong, and Daria Martin’s Sensorium Tests and At The Threshold (2012), films looking at mirror-touch synaesthesia. To create the films, Martin worked with cognitive neuroscientist Michael Banissy.
Maria McKinney’s Sire (2016) looks at genetics in cattle breeding. McKinney researched the project with geneticist David MacHugh and veterinary scientist Michael Doherty, alongside Irish farming communities.
John Walter’s large-scale installation, Alien Sex Club (2015), was designed to explore the relationship between visual culture and HIV today. Walter developed the project with infectious diseases consultant Alison Rodger and sexual health service providers.
Somewhere In Between runs at the Wellcome Collection from March 8 until August 27.