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4 Minute, Sampled Laboratory Benches by Dalziel & Scullion (image Science Museum/Santiago Arribas-Pena)
Location: Health Matters, third floor
In 1993 Dalziel & Scullion were commissioned to produce an artwork for Health Matters, a gallery exploring how medical technology, health surveys and medical research have dramatically changed the way we experience medicine. 4 Minutes, Sampled Laboratory Benches is a re-creation of four areas of workspace from four different laboratories in the UK, exactly as the artists found them in November 1993.
'4 Minutes was made for the Science Museum when our collaborative practice was still very much in its infancy and was one of the earliest completed projects we made. At various times in our lives we had each made trips down to London and to the Science Museum and were absorbed by the energy and ambition of the exhibits there. When we were commissioned we were asked to look at the working environments of contemporary bio scientists; we approached this in a fairly documentary mode, by intensely looking at four types of environments, made different through their individual pursuits and by the politics of funding regimes. Each looked at an area of workspace that was 1.5 metres in diameter; the depth of each area sampled was foreshortened to a height of around 0.5 metres.'
Matthew Dalziel (born 1957) and Louise Scullion (born 1966) have been collaborating since 1993 in video, photography, sculpture, sound and installation. They often focus on remote locations, and one of their central themes is the relationship between human beings and the natural environment.
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