SPARE PARTS: RETHINKING HUMAN REPAIR

SPARE PARTS 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 Anatomy Lesson_2 © Agi Haines
The Anatomy Lesson 2: Transparent Cranium, Agi Haines Image courtesy of the artist, Agi Haines

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.

The Anatomy Lesson_4 © Agi Haines
The Anatomy Lesson 4: Teratoma Tooth Transplant, Agi Haines Image courtesy of the artist, Agi Haines

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.

Circles of Fire (variations)_1 2017 © John A Douglas
Circles of Fire (variations) 2017, John A Douglas, courtesy, Chalk Horse, 2017

Stéphanie Delcroix, curator-producer for SPARE PARTS says,

“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”

New Organs Of Creation (2018), Burton Nitta New Organs of Creation is supported by public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

SPARE PARTS: RETHINKING HUMAN REPAIR A free exhibition and events programme at Science Gallery London exploring the art, science, ethics and technology of organ transplants and tissue regeneration.
28th February – 12th May 2019 | Press preview: 27 February 2019, 08:00–12:00 MORE INFO: london.sciencegallery.com


Listening Objects(2014), Tabatha Andrews © Tabatha Andrews

About Science Gallery London
Science Gallery London is a space where art and science collide. It connects art, science and health to drive innovation in the heart of London. A flagship project for King’s College London, Science Gallery focuses on engaging 15 to 25-year-olds in cutting-edge research on science, art and design. Through exhibitions and events, Science Gallery London brings together scientists, artists, students and local communities in new and innovative ways to stimulate fresh thinking. Science Gallery London is based in a renovated Georgian building on the King’s College London Guy’s Campus opposite The Shard in London Bridge. Its programme features three themed seasons each year, incorporating exhibitions, events, performances, live experiments, open discussions and festivals – all with scientific engagement at their core.

About Mark Westall

Mark Westall is the Founder and Editor of FAD magazine, ' A curation of the world’s most interesting culture' [PLUS] Art of Conversation: A tri-annual 'no news paper' AofC - Issue 1 Autumn 2018