Events & performances

Frederik Ruysch, Opera omnia anatomico-medic, detail, 1737 Tab. 1 of Thesaurus anatomicus octavus 1727. Credit: Wellcome Library, London.

The Two Cultures Symposium

Accompanying the exhibition William Hunter to Damien Hirst: The Dead Teach the Living, this one-day event brings together artists, curators and other practitioners to investigate the multiple overlaps and intersections between the disciplines of art and science. The event takes its title from the seminal 1959 lecture, and later book, by C.P. Snow where he laments the division that exists in western society between scientific disciplines and the humanities. Speakers include writer and critic Brian Dillon, and artists Christine Borland and Roger Hiorns. Catherine Street, who is exhibiting in the William Hunter to Damien Hirst: The Dead Teach the Living will present a specially commissioned live work at The Two Cultures.

Christine Borland’s work foregrounds historical and contemporary scientific research and methods, while freeing their metaphorical associations by introducing the imaginary, the aesthetic and poetic.

Brian Dillon is reader in critical writing at the Royal College of Art, and UK editor of Cabinet magazine. The major exhibition and book Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing examined the history of curiosity, the historical modes of display of ‘curiosities’ as well the how contemporary artists utilised these categories.

Roger Hiorn’s work encompasses large-scale installations, individual sculptures and performances that mix everyday objects with unexpected interventions. Recently within History is Now, Hayward Gallery, London he explored the histories and impact of Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD).

Catherine Street’s artwork, often using technology, strives to record and understand the relationship of the physical self to intangible qualities like emotion and sensation.

Supported by Glasgow International.

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