Public Engagement Events Listing – March 2016
Spring is on the way, so with the days getting lighter and longer, it’s time to get out and along to one of these excellent Wellcome Trust supported events (but there’s plenty to tune into from home too, just in case there’s a grey day, or several).
The Encounter – Streamed live on YouTube from the Barbican – 1st March
In 1969, photographer Loren McIntyre became hopelessly lost in a remote part of the Brazilian rainforest, testing his perception of the world and the limits of human consciousness. Threading scenes of his own life with details of McIntyre’s journey, Simon McBurney incorporates objects and sound effects into this solo performance to evoke a rainforest landscape. Transmitted direct to the audience through provided headphones, the show questions our perceptions of time, communication and our own consciousness. Supported by a Small Arts Award. The show will be at the Barbican until 6th March, and streamed live to YouTube on 1st March at 7.30pm. You can watch it here.
The Misfit Analysis – VAULT Festival, London – 2nd-6th March
After a sell-out run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and appearances on BBC 1, The Misfit Analysis comes to London. Cian Binchy has taught all the actors on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time how to be autistic. Journeying through his mischievous mind, Cian takes us through a world of wheelchairs and blow up dolls in an unconventional exploration of an autistic mind. Supported by a People Award.
Meta – Canada Water Cultural Space, London – 8th-9th March
This Forum Theatre show was developed with students from the borough of Tower Hamlets. Neuroscientific findings are shared through physical theatre, video projection and sound design giving an insight into what happens to our brain (and the rest of us) as we grow up. Funded through the Large Arts Awards.
Dissonance – Camden People’s Theatre – 18th March
Breaking Bad meets Samuel Beckett in a show to blow your mind. Dissonance is part puppet performance and part perception game; how and why do we share ideas together? Are we all seeing the same show and why do we want to believe that the little guy is real? Funded through a Small Arts Award.
Shh… BANG! – The Junction, Cambridge – 20th March
A delicate dance-theatre performance for ages 3+, playfully exploring silence and noise. “Quiet” lives in a muffled world of clouds and softness. Next door, “Loud” collects more and more noises and wild sounds. Funded by a Small Arts Award, Shh… BANG! is created by Peut-etrre Theatre.
Brainstorm – Temporary Theatre, National Theatre – 29th March-2nd April
Returning to the National Theatre after previous sell-out runs, Islington Community Theatre’s Brainstorm is a life-affirming piece of theatre with a company of young people from Islington exploring the workings of the teenage brain. Created with leading cognitive neuroscientist Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, it is supported by a Small Arts Award.
Timeless – Old Street station, London – 29th February-5th March
Timeless is a fictional beauty brand and learning experience, created in response to growing public interest in social egg freezing. Opening in a pop-up shop to engage people with the topic of fertility and how egg freezing may impact the world of work, relationships and wider society, Timeless will bring the medical and social issues around this sensitive subject to life through the language and products of a beauty store. Funded by a People Award.
Cambridge Science Festival – Cambridge – 7th-20th March
The Wellcome Genome Campus is running several events as part of the festival:
- Stem cells: big data and personalised medicine – Murray Edwards College, 10th March: A panel of bio-medical research experts will respond to public questions including: How are we currently using big data? How can stem cells contribute to diagnostics and drug development?
- How big data analysis is changing how we understand the living world – Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, 15th March: Ewan Birney, Director of the European Bioinformatics Institute, explores how genomics and big data present both opportunities and challenges for healthcare.
- The Future of Genome Editing – Murray Edwards College, 17th March: Genome editing allows sections of DNA to be precisely removed or replaced. A panel of experts will respond to public questions about the current and future applications of this technique.
- In.D.N.A. Jones and the big genetic data hunt – The Guildhall, 12th-13th March: Explore how DNA analysis sheds light on our past, present and future through a range of hands-on activities with scientists from the Wellcome Genome Campus.
- Parasite by Deborah Robinson – Wellcome Genome Campus, 7th-16th March: Visit the Wellcome Genome Campus after hours to discover artist Deborah Robinson’s immersive video and sound installation, Parasite, which explores the tropical disease malaria and scientists’ attempts to combat the parasite that causes it.
Films and TV
Computer Says Show – Sky Arts – 3rd March
How does technology affect art and the creative process? Can algorithms create a successful show? In a world first, Sky Arts will explore these questions by presenting the premiere of the world’s first ‘computer musical’, supported by a Development Award. Episode 2 is on 3rd March.
My Beautiful Broken Brain – South by Southwest festival, Texas – 12th, 15th and 18th March
This feature documentary is a voyage into the complexity, fragility and wonder of the human brain, after Lotje Sodderland miraculously survives a hemorrhagic stroke and finds herself starting again in an alien world, bereft of language and logic. Supported by a Development Award.
Radio and audio
Fugue State – available on iPlayer until 25th March
In the heart of the English countryside in a specialist residential hospital, a man, a government agent, is in a fugue state – a psychological shutdown – the result of something seemingly threatening that has taken place in a remote village. This radio drama was inspired by the 2013 Experimental Stories workshop when the writer Julian Simpson met Paul Fletcher, a Wellcome-funded neuropsychiatrist.
I want to be a goat – Listen again online on Radio 4 (3 minute clip)
Thomas Thwaites talks on the Today programme about how he spent six days last year as a goat and challenged himself to cross the Alps. Thomas also wrote GoatMan – How I Took A Holiday From Being Human, available to buy now. The project was supported by a Small Arts Award.
Lavinia Greenlaw: Audio Obscura – available on SoundCloud
Audio Obscura is an immersive sound work by poet and novelist Lavinia Greenlaw. Originally intended for London’s St Pancras International Station, it works well in any busy railway station. In an aural equivalent to the camera obscura, the audience enter the crowd and start to hear the voices of those around them, saying the things they don’t know they want to say. Lavinia is a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow.
Lucida – Art Basel Hong Kong – 24th-26th March
Artist Suki Chan has been invited by Videotage to present a pilot version of her lens-based artwork Lucida at Art Basel Hong Kong. Lucida uses moving images as a starting point to unlock and investigate how multiple projections of the world focus on the physical structure of the human eye. Funded by a Small Arts Award.
Brain Zone – Centre for Life, Newcastle – from 25th March
This new Capital Award funded zone at the Centre for Life will feature new exhibits and activities around how the brain works and how it controls so many of your body’s functions. There will also be opportunities to take part in experiments to help scientists with their research.
Get Well Soon Hospital – available on iTunes
Let your kids visit the Get Well Soon Hospital for a day! Take the lift to a floor and learn about the heart, lungs, brain, bones, and tummy. Examine five different patients in a fun scanning activity, watch videos and sing along with songs. Following on from the popular CBeebies show, this app is now available to download from iTunes. #getwellsoonapp.
Silent Signal – QUAD, Derby – until 6th March
A newly commissioned exhibition featuring six new animations, each produced through a two-year collaboration between an artist and a scientist. They explore the signals that enable our bodies to operate and adapt to fight disease. View a trailer here.
Daria Martin: At the Threshold – Maureen Paley gallery, Bethnal Green – until 13th March
A short film inspired by Daria’s research into a form of heightened physical sensitivity called mirror-touch synaesthesia.
Death: The Human Experience – Bristol Museum & Art Galley – until 13th March
Hundreds of diverse objects – from a Ghanaian fantasy coffin to a Victorian mourning dress – reveal captivating stories from across the world, from the earliest human societies to modern day.
A programme of events are running alongside the exhibition:
Death: Is it your right to choose? – 23rd January-13th March: An installation of a room at the Dignitas flat near Zurich and surrounding displays relating to Assisted Dying.
Death Fair – 5th March, 10am-5pm: A day of activities including a shroud wrapping demo, a will making workshop and a history of death guided walk.
Letting in the Light – The Grove, Stratford – until 24th March
Daily Life Ltd presents an exhibition of work by thirty-five artists, illuminating our understanding of the experience of mental distress.
Wellcome Collection Events
We’re open until 22.00 next Friday – Friday 4 March
Avoid the queues and ease into your weekend at our next First Friday. Explore States of Mind, unwind in the Reading Room, revisit our permanent collections and grab a bite to eat at Wellcome Kitchen as we stay open until 22.00.
Brain Injury Survivors: Danny Muir – Thursday 17 Mar, 19.00–20.30
Danny Muir discusses his experience of living with hemiplegia caused by a violent assault in his early 20s, and how his injury altered his personality, values and identity. This event is in partnership with Headway East London.
Far from the Tree: Andrew Solomon in conversation – Thursday 3 Mar, 19.00–20.00
Andrew Solomon introduces his 2014 Wellcome Book Prize-winning book Far from the Tree: A dozen kinds of love. A decade in the writing, it tells the stories of parents who find profound meaning in learning to deal with their exceptional children.
Packed Lunch: Sequencing Cancer – Wednesday 9 Mar, 13.00–14.00
Charlotte Pawlyn is sequencing the genomes of 500 people with myeloma, a rare blood cancer. Join us as part of Genetic Alliance UK’s ‘GenomeSeqWeek’ to help launch their new patient charter.
Library Insights: Can reading make you ill? – Thursday 10 Mar, 18.00–19.00
Few people today worry about books as a health threat, but before the age of cinema and the internet, books were constantly under suspicion as a cause of gout, jaundice and even haemorrhoids. Join author Dr James Kennaway for an unforgettably different look at reading.
The Science of Mind over Body – Thursday 10 Mar, 19.00–20.30
Do our thoughts, beliefs and emotions influence our physical health? Can we train our brains to heal our bodies? Contemplate these questions and more with Jo Marchant, author of Cure: A journey into the science of mind over body.
Disabled Access Day 2016 – Saturday 12 Mar, 10.00–18.00
We are taking part in Disabled Access Day, a national day organised by Euan’s Guide to highlight accessible venues across the country. Our building is fully accessible, and will be putting on a wonderful range of drop-in events and tours.
Saturday Studio: Special effects make-up – Saturday 19 Mar, 14.00–15.30, 15.30–17.00
Are you aged 14-19? Learn how to create special effects ranging from burns to cuts to rashes in workshops inspired by the curious medical content at Wellcome Collection.