Why I think you should go:
It’s turning into gallery week…and it turns out the week of pickled objects with Brains today and Damien Hirst’s Shark tomorrow. Perhaps we will add a visit to the Hunterian this weekend to round it off with some oversized animal (or athlete) remains.
Warm up for your trip to Wellcome with a quick game of Axom
What (The official event blurb):
“The Box, designed to protect players’ googlies during games of cricket, was first introduced in the 1870s.
However it took another 100 years for men to realise that the brain could probably do with being protected too, introducing – as they did – the helmet in the 1970s.
Fortunately the world’s leading academics, doctors, psychopaths, scientists, cannibals and neurosurgeons have – despite cricketers’ delayed appreciation for the intricate workings and importance of the brain – spent centuries getting inside the heads of patients kind enough to give them (generally post-mortem) a piece of their mind.
Celebrating their work, “Brains: The Mind As Matter”.
This just-launched (and free) exhibition is being held at London’s preeminent destination “for the incurably curious”: the Wellcome Collection, which explores the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future.
The exhibition – which features over 150 artefacts, actual brains, photography and artwork – explores what humans have been doing to brains over the years, all in the name of medical intervention and scientific enquiry.
A perfect example, though one sadly not included in the exhibition, would be the fairly recent case of a botched brain surgery in Florida, immediately following which the victim amusingly stated that he had “half a mind to sue the hospital”…
Where: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road London NW1 2BE
When: 5pm Tuesday 16th April 2012
How much: FREE
Unless your brain is a bit scrambled like the order of these blog posts, you might find the full A London a Day website and it’s linear presentation of events a tad easier to comprehend. While you’re there you may as well find out what I think you should be doing in London tonight.