jeffrey cheah biomedical centre
commissioner: university of cambridge
artists: dalzliel and scullion, harrold offeh
As part of the development of the Jeffrey Cheah Biomedical Centre, an ambitious and innovative public art programme was developed, which included a major new permanent art commission for the site, training opportunities for Cambridge based artists, workshops for local people and the Cambridge Betterment Society - a programme of films by artists, providing insight into the work of the scientists and clinicians who work in the building.
The permanent art commission ‘Corpus’ is by artists Dalziel and Scullion. Recalling the stone circles erected by our ancestors, the seven sculptures appear as a series of scattered bones. Drawing on the structure of spinal vertebrae, the work symbolises inner strength, persistence and determination and refers to the complex structural connections of the body and the site. People are encouraged to interact with the stones – to sit, recline or lie on their cool stony surfaces experiencing the forms and offering an opportunity to ‘recalibrate and renew’.
Alongside the permanent commission, Cambridge based artist, Harold Offeh developed his temporary project - the Cambridge Betterment Society, which brought together artists with scientists and clinicians working within the institutions to be housed within the new Centre, and resulted in the production of new four films.
Fibroblast by Harold Offeh features live re-enactments of microscopic images of the fibroblast cells. Agora Blend by Jack Scott and Louis-Jack Horton Stephens examines the positive effects of ‘cross-pollination’ that occur when scientists and clinicians gather, together, Reprogramming the Human Heart by Frederica Agbah explores the discovery of the science behind the creation of Pluripotent stem cells through the dance, and Connect, Accelerate, Engage, by Harold Offeh, focuses on the mission of the Milner Therapeutics Institute.
All the films can be viewed at www.cambridgebettermentsociety.com