Science Gallery London launch FREE exhibiton exploring the art, science, ethics and technology of organ transplants
SPARE PARTS, from 28 February to 12 May, is the second exhibition season from the new Science Gallery London at King’s College London in London Bridge. The free exhibition and accompanying events programme will explore the art, science, ethics and technology that enables human repair and alteration.
Drawing on 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 distinctive new season considers the emotional and psychological aspects of living with a replacement organ or limb; organic or engineered. Developed alongside scientists from King’s College London and the gallery’s Young Leaders – 15-25 year-olds from neighbouring boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark – the exhibition will 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.
Exhibition highlights 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. This exhibit would be exceptionally interesting due to its nature, for those that are studying biomedical engineering at an educational institution such as Rutgers Online as just one example.