Bioverse | G-lands: An out of body experience | Exhibition

G-lands: An out of body experience, is a collaboration between artist Emily Fong and scientist Dr Elaine Emmerson from the Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM,) in partnership with ASCUS Art and Science and a multitude of healthcare professionals. Summerhall and ASCUS Art & Science are proud to present G-lands: An out of body experience as part of Bioverse, a series of three contemporary art exhibitions.

Read more about Bioverse here

G-lands: An out of body experience

Emily Fong

Despite being a lifesaving treatment for head and neck cancer patients, a side-effect of radiotherapy is damage to salivary glands, leading to the chronic condition of dry mouth. This can severely affect a patient’s quality of life, with existing treatments focusing on short-term relief of side-effects. Dr Elaine Emmerson’s research aims to develop a regenerative strategy to restore salivary function. 

Whilst viewing a salivary gland in the Emmerson Lab at CRM, artist Emily Fong raised questions about the patient now living without it. How incredible it is that a surgeon, scientist, artist or member of the public can engage with someone else’s body part.

During her residency at CRM, Emily Fong observed the journey taken by the salivary gland, from the time it is removed from the patient through to research taking place in the Emmerson Lab; meeting with patients, surgeons, oncologists, pathologists and scientists, capturing different perspectives and interactions with the organ. Experience these intimately direct observations through drawing and sculpture.

Exhibition Launch: Friday 8th April 2022 | 18:00 – 21:00 | Summerhall Gallery Bar | Drop in
Opening times: Saturday 9th April 2022 – Thursday 9 June 2022| Wed – Sun | 12:00 – 18:00
Where: 1, Summerhall, Edinburgh EH9 1PL | Meadows Galleries
Tickets: Drop in | FREE, donations welcome
Audience: 14+
Guidance: Graphic Imagery|Head and Neck Cancer|Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)|Laboratory Research|Animal and Human Anatomy|Dissection|Surgery| Pathology|Radiotherapy

 

Presented by Summerhall and ASCUS Art & Science

G-lands: An out of body experience

Emily Fong Artist Talk

When: Saturday 9th April 2022| 13:00 – 14:00
Where: 1, Summerhall,  Edinburgh EH9 1PL | Anatomy Lecture Theatre
Tickets: Drop in | FREE, donations welcome
Audience: 14+
Guidance: Graphic Imagery|Head and Neck Cancer|Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)|Laboratory Research|Animal and Human Anatomy|Dissection|Surgery| Pathology|Radiotherapy

How did Emily Fong find herself inside the Centre for Regenerative Medicine, hospital clinics and surgery, observing the journey of the salivary gland from patient to laboratory? What might the salivary gland say of its experiences outside of the body and future aspirations?

Join Emily for insight into the process of this unique residency alongside Dr Elaine Emmerson, whose research is developing regenerative strategies to restore salivary function for patients living with chronic dry mouth after treatment for head and neck cancer.

Images courtesy of Emily Fong

Read more about the other Bioverse exhibitions here

Check Also

Bioverse | Black Box | Exhibition

Opening the door on the inner workings of scientific research, BLACK BOX is a curatorial …