April 10, 2012 § Leave a Comment
The latest exhibition showing at the Wellcome Collection, London, is Brains: The mind as matter. More than 150 objects are only display ranging from more scientific items such as segments of real brains preserved form Einstein to art pieces created around the theme of the brain. Wellcome are hoping the viewer comes away with an appreciation of the brain not necessarily from a detailed psychological perspective, but rather from a social and cultural perspective.
Above (top) is an MRI of an artists set in perspex that you can walk through, A silver cast of a skull ‘From Within’, Annie Cattrell; Silvered bronze cast, 2006 (bottom left), Professor Dennis Spencer and team performing brain surgery; Colour photograph, Terry Dagradi, 2010 (bottom right).
Helen Pynor is an artist we have covered before, and whose image was chosen as the cover image of the exhibtion (shown below): Headache (2008) by Helen Pynor. Courtesy the artist and GV Art.
February 7, 2012 § Leave a Comment
September 14, 2011 § Leave a Comment
So we’ve known since 2004 that the Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery had patented the procedure for adorning eyeballs with jewellery. Choosing from a heart or half moon and parting with 500-1000 euros, under local anaesthetic, you could have one of these platinum shapes inserted under your conjunctiva. Since the release of this news, things have gone quiet…. perhaps it’s because UK eye specialists disapproved and thought it could move around and cause scarring and bleeding… or perhaps the possible recipients watched the video of how they do it; (warning: this footage is graphic and not for the squeamish)