Lenses and Laser @ The Wellcome Trust
Held at The Africa Centre, Covent Garden, London. ‘Lenses and Lasers’ focused on the display of a large and complex installation of 45 sculptures, inspired by microscopic images of nerve cells in the brain. The project involved Pathologist Dr Navid Khan from Queens Hospital and students from Stoke Newington, IAMS schools. The project started off in the Pathology Lab where students view samples of tissues under the microscope followed by brain storming and scientific research.
The project culminated in an installation and laser show put to original music score 'NeuralSonic' written by ActionDog at the Africa Centre in Covent garden. The lasers programmed to the sound track bounced off and interacted with the complex sculptures to create an amazing technicolour show. The aim was to engage students in the learning of sciences through art and the physics of light.
The response from the students was very positive, this being a typical example: “It was a really interesting, stimulating project. I really enjoyed it and gained a lot of skills from it.” Commenting on the project, Dr. Khan said: ““I have been very fortunate to have been associated with this project, in which the energy and enthusiasm of the children was not only inspiring, but also gave me a boost.”
The art installation suspended from the ceiling can be seen upwards from the ground level and for a closer look people can walk around the installation on the first level. They were made from recycled materials collected by students and artists, which were then processed manually and constructed based on the anatomy of a cell.
The exhibited multimedia installation measuring 13.5m (L) x 3.65m (W) x 5m (H) was funded by The Wellcome Trust, produced by Actiondog Productions, and formed part of the Small Arts Awards.