About the project

About the project

This blog documents the first phase of a collaborative visual arts project between artist Emma Hunter, Dr Philip Kilner of the Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Unit at Royal Brompton hospital (part of Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust) and rb&hArts – the Trust’s charitable arts programme.

The project will focus on water-flow properties inherent in the structures and dynamics of the human heart and blood system.

This first phase, funded by the Wellcome Trust and devoted to research and development, will include workshops with medical students and with patients of the Trust, as well as the exchange of images and words you will see developing below. The outcome will be a series of works of art which poetically re-imagine the inner landscape of the human body. We hope it will invite audiences to make visual connections between our inner and outer landscapes; the micro and macro, and to consider the biomedical and ecological implications of these connections.

We aim to produce a catalogue to accompany a tour of this work in 2014, before it is hung permanently at Royal Brompton Hospital in London.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Stream at Imperial College, London, Fringe Event - Come Along!

·    Some of the activities on offer...
Knit a blood vessel and create a flowing installation while speaking to researchers from the NHLI about the vascular system at Blood Lines.

Get bubbly with the Froth Flotation Group as they show how flowing foams are used in mineral extraction. With Dr Gareth Morris, Earth Science and Engineering.

A dirty snowball, or the origin of life?  Dr Marina Galand, Physics creates a smoking comet and looks at the role of ice in space.

Investigate water flow and its relationship with the interior of our bodies at Stream with MRI specialist Dr Philip Kilner and artist Emma Hunter, using inks, mica dust, water jars, and traditional Japanese marbling technique Suminagashi.

Marvel at fish teeth and oceanic corals with Dr Claire Huck and Dr David Wilson, Earth Science and Engineering, as they explore the Earth's climate in the past and the future.

Get underneath the Earth’s skin and look at bubbles in magma, and what happens when rocks liquefy with Matt Loader,  Earth Science and Engineering.

Shake some turbulence into specially concocted snow globes and see how polymers and viscosity affect flow with Dr Oliver Buxton, Aeronautics.

Help sample what happens when drinking water treatments coagulate with Dr Thomas Bond, Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Take a flight in our Flight Simulator facility with Dr Errikos Levis, Aeronautics, and try your hand at harnessing the fluid properties of air.

Decorate the Christmas tree with Steve Ramsay, scientific glassblowing designer, as he makes glass baubles before your very eyes and explains the mysterious properties of glass.

What happens when mistletoe and holly meet liquid nitrogen?  The properties of liquids get put to the test with supercooling, non-Newtonian fluids and more, with Marc Coury, Leon Vanstone and Laura Childs, Imperial’s daring student demonstrators.

Explore the chemistry of cocktails, and even try one or two with Dr Suze Kundu, alumnus, Materials Chemist and Science Communicator.

Let Alumnus Chris Clarke show-off some of the strange properties of spherification.