Art meets science in blood exhibition

August 17 / 196

BLOOD: ATTRACT & REPEL opened in the Frank Tate building this week. The inaugural exhibition of the Science Gallery Melbourne, it is an innovate take on the scientific, symbolic and strange nature of blood.

The Blood exhibition will run until Saturday 23 September and includes over 20 provocative projects –both scientific and artistic – about blood. 

“This exhibition is not for the faint hearted," says Rose Hiscock, Director of Science Gallery Melbourne. "It will take audiences on a deep-dive into blood, a subject that intrigues, delights and revolts us.

"It’s the perfect collision of art and science and an ideal launch pad for a new gallery focused on curious minds."

The exhibition was developed from a global open call which will show in Melbourne and London, and was curated by a panel including an artist, an educator, a leading haematologist, a cardiologist and an expert in infectious diseases.

“We approached the program as equal parts exhibition and experiment," says the Science Gallery Melbourne's Creative Director Dr Ryan Jeffries. "From kinetic sculptures that explore synthetic blood to levitating blood cells, the exhibition will be multi-layered and a challenge to the senses.

"Alongside the exhibition will be an exciting program of special events, workshops and pop-up laboratories around Melbourne,” he says.

BLOOD was inspired by the Science Gallery Dublin’s 2015 exhibition of the same name. Science Gallery London at King’s College will also show the exhibition this year. The Science Gallery network extends worldwide and is made up of universities dedicated to engagement with art and science.

While purpose-built facilities are being constructed for the gallery on Grattan Street (due to open in 2020), the exhibition will be held on campus and at pop-up locations. Recently, they held a pop-up clinic in front of the State Library, doing quick and free tests of people’s blood types. 

Head to the exhibition for more interactive exhibitions to see, feel and smell blood.

Science Gallery Melbourne is open 12pm–6pm Tuesday to Saturday at the Frank Tate Building.

Read the recent Pursuit article on the exhibition.






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