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.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Sketches for Moulded River Series

Moulded River is the working title for the next series of work for the Stream Project. The German Romantic poet Novalis wrote, "There is no doubt that our body is a moulded river", and it is from this idea that the series takes its name. The work will be a series of vertical hanging scrolls on architectural mylar film and will make visual parallels between the flow form patterns created by my own flow experiments using mica dust, and the flow form patterns found in the bloodstreams of the heart, using stills from Dr Kilner's film. The film, Bloodstreams of the Heart, is produced using data from a non-invasive medical imaging technique called magnetic resonance velocity mapping.

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