by Patrick Vicente May 01, 2018

An arts and science project entitled “The Heart of the Matter” explores the human heart, its narratives and its forms, leading to an exhibition tour in Newcastle, Bristol, and London. UK-based medical 3D model experts 3D LifePrints provided several of the 3D printed heart models on display.

The project was a brainchild of artist Sofie Layton and bioengineer Giovanni Biglino, who started exploring the theme during Layton’s residency at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. It was further developed with health psychologist Jo Wray.

The project utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to explore what our hearts mean to each one of us, how we perceive cardiovascular function and anatomy, and the infinite stories that we carry. While technologies such as medical imaging and 3D printing allow us to look at the function and anatomy of the heart, an artistic approach enables us to explore imagery and emotions connected to this organ. The project has involved different audiences in creative arts workshops, exploring an array of narratives and designs that have been turned into artworks.

The Heart of the Matter” is produced by Susie Hall (GOSH Arts), Nicky Petto, and Anna Ledgard, in association with Artsadmin, and is supported by the Wellcome Trust, the Blavatnik Family Foundation, Above&Beyond, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. RapidformRCA also contributed providing 3D printing services. The exhibit runs until May 6th at the Great North Museum, Hancock.


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Patrick Vicente
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