Art Made of Science Microspheres
From 12 Feb to 12 Mar 2019Opening: 12 FEB from 14 to 16:30h (free entry)
Round table: 14 FEB at 19h – Pau Gil Room (Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site)
C/ Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167, 08025, Barcelona
The Quo Artis Foundation in collaboration with the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) and the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site present the first exhibition in Spain by artist Ayse Gül Süter (Turkey, 1982), which investigates the differences between healthy and diseased tissues through a site-specific installation in the old operating room of Hospital Sant Pau.
The spheres resemble cells, tiny building blocks that make up the human body. Cells are the smallest components that represent life in our body. The idea behind the exhibition Art Made of Science — Microspheres by the artist Ayse Gül Süter arose during her stay as a resident artist at the Histopathology lab of the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), where scientists observe microscopic samples of healthy and diseased tissues taken from the liver, eye, skin or lung, whose visual differences allow them to study and understand the pathologies.
The images that make up Süter’s site-specific installation focus mainly on the visually distinctive forms of these tissues. The artist adapts her observations to produce large-scale images. The work thus converts the “invisible” parts of the human body — the cells — “visible”, and invites the public to experiment with large-scale human cell structures.
The installation, which will be displayed on the windows of the old operating room of the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, takes advantage of the daylight in the same way the operating room used to. The colors of the piece change depending on the intensity of light and can be considered a contemporary interpretation of art-stained glass (vitrail).
In conjunction with the installation, the video Flight over cells, created by the artist at the Histopathology lab of the IRB Barcelona, will be shown. Visitors will witness the visual differences between healthy and diseased tissues, and how researchers rely on visual representations to diagnose cancer.
This project is the result of the Artists Residency Program of IRB Barcelona, which Süter took part in during 2018. The program aims to interconnect artists interested in science with a wide range of research, scientists, data and infrastructure available at the Institute, as well as offer the opportunity to share their experiences with the general public. Since its inception, Quo Artis has participated as a judge in the selection of artists for the program.