Brains in a Dish – Research & Response

Cerebral section, 2018 coloured borosilicate glass

Brains in a Dish – Research and Responses

Charlie is making new artworks in response to Dr Selina Wray’s research into the behaviours and patterns of different dementias at molecular level.

New glass sculptures, video and participatory events are in development which respond to the incredible transformation of a small sample of her skin into functioning neurons-  ‘in vitro’ and as three dimensional ‘organoids’.

Above a selection of ‘studies for neurons’ 2016-18, hand drawn borosilicate glass sculptures in progress.

Charlie’s ongoing video installation invites you on the journey of her cells from ‘skin to mind’- to discover the vital differences between growth and degeneration and consider the dramatic personal implications that these differences can have for wellbeing, cognitive function and life expectancy.

‘Brains in a Dish’ raises some of the profound metaphysical, ethical, legal and personal questions which accompany the use and implications of these cell technologies.

This research project for Created Out of Mind,  includes collaborations between science writer Phillip Ball, BBC Medical correspondent Fergus Walsh, Professor Nick Fox (Director of the Dementia Research Centre) Dr Selina Wray, Phd Researcher Christopher Lovejoy and UCL’s Department of Molecular Neuroscience .

Some examples of Charlie’s work in progress have recently been  exhibited at Dundee’s Life Space Gallery as part of their new exhibition  ‘Trajectories” ( 1st Feb-2nd June 2018)

Charlie’s ‘skin to mind’ video installation has been presented at West Yorkshire Playhouse’s ‘Every third Minute’ Festival ,  Normal?Festival of the Brain (11th – 13th May) and Creative Reactions London 2017 event  ‘Dimensions of Dementia’

Charlie and Selina’s ‘Neuronal Disco’ has also recently been presented at South Bank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall as part of their (B)old Festival in May  2018