Our contemporary arts programme explores artists' perspectives on the past, present and future of science.
Lying alone on the Who am I? gallery floor, Antony Gormley’s Iron Baby makes a powerful statement about human vulnerability.
Dryden Goodwin’s remarkable sketches and photographs of strangers are displayed alongside brain scanning technology: two very different ways of probing the mysteries of human individuality. A genetic Pandora’s box, Revital Cohen’s Disclosure Case dramatizes the implications of genetic knowledge.
In Making the Modern World you can listen to Jem Finer’s Longplayer, a thousand-year-long piece of music created to ‘focus the mind on time as a longer and slower process than the frenetic jump-cut pace of the late 20th century’. Thomas Thwaites’ magnificently imperfect homemade toaster unveils the complexity hidden in the everyday objects we take for granted.
Materials House by Thomas Heatherwick is an enormous sculpture made of 213 layers of everything from astroturf to lace. See it in the Challenge of Materials gallery along with organic clouds of steel.Visit Mathematics to encounter 5 imaginary plants genetically modified to improve a near-future London. You can also encounter the beguilingly odd Klein bottles, built to demonstrate imaginary (and impossible) objects.
Science in the 18th Century is all brass, glass and classical beauty while The Science and Art of Medicine is the place to find votive body parts, wax anatomical figures and ancient amulets of saints and Greek and Roman gods.
And finally, you can take part in a piece of performance art by donning a cockroach costume and taking a rather unusual Cockroach Tour of the Museum courtesy of artists group Superflex.