Being Human Exhibition

New permanent gallery at the Wellcome Collection in London explores what it means to be a human in the 21st century. 50 works use both science and art to envionsion the future for humanity.

Image: Refugee Astronaut by Yinka Shonibare is a dystopian vision of earth destruction driving migration to space.

The exhibition is divided into four sections: Genetics, Minds & Bodies, Infection, and Environmental Breakdown. The carefully curated innovative works are explained in easy to understand language. They tackle issues of trust, identity and health.

Wellcome Collection 2019

Heather Dewey-Hagborg made this portrait by collecting DNA from cigarette butts, hair and gum to find genetic markers for physical appearance. It raises questions about privacy and genetic profiling.

Wellcome Collection 2019

This portable genetic sequencer can identify viruses and bacteria from their genetic material and help quicker location of source of infections like MRSA. It can be used in remote locations like Space Station or rainforest.

Wellcome Collection 2019

These seeds are form Syria. Seed banks aim to protect biodiversity storing duplicates of seeds from all over the world.

Wellcome Collection 2019

Low tech and resoursefulness are key in disaster areas. Allie Wist has put together simple water collector using domestic objects and clingfilm. It raises questions about need to upskill for survival in the future.

Inclusiveness is a big theme of the exhibition. Do normal people need help? How mental health issues affect dignity?

Brian Glenney, Sara Hendren and Tim Ferguson Sauder designed a new icon for accessibility that emphasises active lives if people using wheelchairs.

Combining Art with Science is hugely challenging area, but this exhibition manages to present works that have elements from both. Films e.g. about Biohacking was intriguing, since it managed to capture individual implications that biohacking could cause.

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