Events

JULY-AUGUST 2017

 

The Body is a Big Place_Pynor_Clany_2Is Your Body a Machine? 

 27 July-17 AugustSGLogo_WhiteonBlack_LoRes

The Body is a Big Place is an installation that explores the threshold between life and death, and speaks to the incredible system that is inside each of us.

The human-sized heart perfusion device that stands at the centre of the installation has previously been used to reanimate a pair of pig hearts in a live performance, shown here on video as part of the installation.

A history of surgical attempts to understand the human body is embedded in the fabric of The Old Operating Theatre. Within this context, The Body is a Big Place evokes medicine’s machine-like characterisation of the body, and invites you to consider the limits of life.

This installation and associated events are part of the Science Gallery BLOOD: Life Uncut Programme as well as the summer programme for the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret.

*Access to the Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret is through a spiral staircase only. It is not wheelchair accessible for now.


The Body is a Big Place – In Conversation

Monday, 31 July                                     7:00 PM – 8:30 PMThe Body is a Big Place_Pynor_Clancy_1

In Conversation between the Artist, Helen Pynor and Professor Mike Shattock, hosted by Science Gallery London’s very own Director, Daniel Glaser.

Hear about how The Body is a Big Place has evolved through performances in which pig’s hearts have been reanimated in this perfusion devise, as well as installations and collaborations with scientists and surgeons from Dublin, Slovenia and Sydney.

See the video of the performance in Dublin here.

As part of Science Gallery London’s Blood: Life Uncut season, the work looks at themes such as life affirmation and health, as we come to understand more about the mechanics of the human body, surgery and the ideas around life and death. We will ask questions such as: How could this art work prove important to transplantation? How has art and science collided to create this work?

All in the beautiful and historic surrounds of the Old Operating Theatre, London Bridge.

Watch and join in the conversation on Facebook Live!

This is a free event, but booking is a must since there are limited spaces available! Click here to book your spot.

*Access to the Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret is through a spiral staircase only. It is not wheelchair accessible for now.


leech2 (1)The Leech Workshop

Tuesday, 8 August    7:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Join us for a unique look at the bloody work of leeches from medieval times up until the modern age. Throughout the workshop you will get an insight into the quacky use of leeches to cure everything from fever to bad humour, and discover what brought about their resurgence in the 20th century that helped them to become the surgeons new best friend. The workshop will also feature some very important ghoulish guests!

This event is free but registration is a must since there are limited spaces available. Click here to book your spot.

*Access to the Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret is through a spiral staircase only. It is not wheelchair accessible for now.


Blood in the Operating Theatrebloodletting

Wednesday, 9 August            2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Do you have what it takes to be a surgeon? No matter what the prognosis, procedure or problem blood is omnipresent in surgery. But how do medical professionals keep it flowing, keep it working hard throughout your body, and finally allow it to return to be hidden in your arteries and veins?

For centuries medical professionals have alternately created methods of encouraging you to lose blood and ways help you to keep it. The Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons will provide the opportunity to handle objects used for blood-letting and wound closure.

Hayley Kruger, from the Royal College of Surgeons, and Julie Mathias, Acting Director, will guide you through history’s surgical toys.

This is a drop-in session, but also a free event so booking is a must due to limited spaces. Click here to book your spot.

*Access to the Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret is through a spiral staircase only. It is not wheelchair accessible for now.


 

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