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Staff and students tune into Science Gallery London

As the countdown begins to the opening of Science Gallery London on the Guy’s Campus, a new space where science and art collide, two academics and four students from the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine are getting a taste for what the innovative new space will offer by collaborating on the first experimental programming.

Frequencies – Tune into Life sees musicians and artists work with King’s staff and students and the local community to explore the rhythms of our lives – from the movement of cells in our blood stream to fertilisation and birth – and use these cycles to create unique sounds, installations and performance pieces staged across King’s and beyond.

Designed to get you thinking about how the body works, each piece has been created through collaborations with local young people, King’s students and researchers, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital staff and patients, and traders from Borough Market. Collaborators include:

  • Kasia Molga, media artist who is working with artist and composer Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner, and Dr Esme Purdie, Environmental Research Associate at King’s  to look at how pollution affects our breathing
  • Medical student Teona Serafimova, Biochemistry student Safiyyah Marhoon and Neuroscience student Renee Devonish, who are working with DJ and music producer Andrew Consoli to look at the life rhythms of the Borough Market traders.
  • Musical collective Sawchestra, who are working with sound engineer Marc Langsman and student midwife Leo Creffield to explore patterns in fertilisation and hospital births
  • Multimedia performance artist Bishi, strings composer Neil Kaczor and Professor Paul Gringas, Professor of Paediatric Sleep Medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust, who are focusing on sleep patterns
  • Hip hop rap artist Shay D, music producer Jimmy Logic, Neuroscience student and KCLSU women’s officer Rachel Williams and young people from the London Urban Arts Academy, who are looking at the rhythms produced by our brains

Once finished, the sound pieces will be available online and at various listening stations in and around Guy’s Campus from September until November. Two of the collaborations are also being developed into performances at Merge Festival on the Riverside stage. Staff and students from across King’s are encouraged to come and listen. Follow @scigallerylon for the latest updates on Twitter using #Frequencies.

The first Science Gallery was established at Trinity College Dublin. Science Gallery London will be a flagship project for Culture at King’s, offering valuable opportunities for academics and students and bringing together researchers, students, local communities and our cultural partners in new and innovative ways to stimulate fresh thinking and engage younger audiences with King’s.

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