Blood: Attract & Repel at Science Gallery Melbourne
- When 2 Aug - 23 Sep 2017
Melbourne University, Frank Tate Building, Swanston Street entry
The allure and mystery of blood has fascinated scientists and artists for centuries. Now at the Science Gallery of Melbourne, 22 works by creative practitioners explore the attraction and repelling nature of this vital human fluid. The exhibition, Blood: Attract & Repel, forms part of the two-month long festival - BLOOD - that takes audiences on a journey of scientific discovery and examination of human prejudices and social taboos.
Divided into six themes – stigma, taboo, identity, giving, health, and future – artists and artist collectives have produced confronting artworks aimed to provoke deeper consideration of meaning and experience of life and death, health and sickness, and attraction and repulsion.
According to Dr Ryan Jefferies, the Creative Director of BLOOD, the exhibition is “for the curious and is definitely not for the faint-hearted.”
Exhibiting artists include Ollie Cotsaftis and Sarah McArthur (addressing stigma and taboo with Sentience); Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (addressing identity with Pulse Index); Izabeka Zolcinska (addressing health, identity, and stigma with Personal Protection Equipment); Daniel Elborne (addressing health and identity with One Drop of Blood); Jipil Jung (addressing future and health with The Mums); Hotham Street Ladies, made up of Cassandra Chilton, Molly O’Shaughnessy, Sarah Parkes, Caroline Price and Lyndal Walker (addressing issues of stigma and taboo with You Beaut); Nick Thieberger and Rachel Nordlinger (addressing identity with Gurrk); UNSW Art & Design’s Associate Professor John McGhee (addressing future health with Stroke: Occlusion and Flow); Art Orienté objet made up of Marion Laval-Jeantet and Benoît Mangin (addressing health, identity, stigma, and taboo with May the Horse Live with Me!); The Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology (addressing health and identity with Human Placenta Specimen); Tobias Klein, Jane Prophet, and Victor Leung (addressing future and health with Blood Works); John O’Shea (addressing stigma, future, and taboo with Black Market Pudding); Jordan Eagles (addressing identity and stigma with Blood Equality-Illuminations); Cecilia Jonsson (addressing future and health with Heam); The Medical History Museum (addressing health with Blood-Letting Cupping Set); and Penny Byrne (addressing future and health with #blooddiamond).