Refolding (Laboratory Architectures)Refolding (Laboratory Architectures) Kira O’Reilly and Jennifer Willet What Next for the Body? Exhibition at Arnolfini Museum Bristol, UK Inbetweentime festival of live art and intrigue 2010
Using performative interventions and photographic media, artists Kira O’Reilly (UK/Ireland) and Jennifer Willet (Canada) collaborate to create eventful photographic presences that explore how we think and reconceptualise The Body, our own bodies, life and living systems within the ever changing contexts of the Life Sciences, evolving biotechnologies and biomedical research.
Both artists have spent substantial time working with living biological materials in laboratories as art practice; in these new works they deploy architectural constructions of mutating laboratory coats that perform molecular baroque refoldings with which to position their bodies in the laboratory, both implicit and complicit as interlopers, instigators and participants within the lab.
Photographs by Hugo Glendinning
Laboratory coat construction by Shanti Freed.
This work was produced with the support of the Inbetween Time festival (IBT 2010), School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
This work was exhibited also at Noxious Sector Projects in Seattle Washington in January 2012.