Lens on Life

20 Jan 2015 – 27 Feb 2015

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Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday: 12:00 - 17:00
Close Monday and Sunday

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Lethaby Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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  • King's Cross underground

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The Lethaby Gallery presents Lens on Life: an exhibition concerning one of the fundamental mechanisms of human life – mitosis.


Lens On Life is a project strongly rooted within the field of art and science. It offers a novel take on mitosis and human cell division through historical and contemporary references and an imaginative interpretation by the artists involved.

The exhibition emerges from a dialogue, established between artists and scientists, concerning one of the fundamental mechanisms of human life – mitosis. 

Through several visits to the scientific laboratories and the artists’ studios, artists and scientists established a common territory, made of images and metaphors, developing an open and enduring dialogue.

The works exhibited are the result of these meetings and constitute a re-elaboration and experimentation aimed at providing a new perspective upon the processes of mitosis and meiosis.

Curated by Marina Wallace and Ludovica Gilio Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

Artists: Lucy + Jorge Orta, Rob Kesseler, Ackroyd & Harvey, Shobana Jeyasingh

Scientists: Tony Hyman, Melina Schuh, Jan-Michael Peters, Kim Nasmyth

Lens on Life is aimed at disseminating the scientific knowledge acquired during the five years of MitoSys, a project realized with the support of the European Union under its seventh framework program. Internationally leading biologists, mathematicians, biochemists and biophysicists working at thirteen research institute have collaborated to reveal how genes and proteins orchestrate mitosis in human cells.

With the Support of the FP7 Health Programme of the European Union (GA 241548)

The exhibition in London is the second of a series of three. After Rome and London, Lens On Life will travel to Heidelberg (University Museum) from 16 March to 28 April 2015.

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Ludovica Gilio

Marina Wallace

Exhibiting artists

Lucy + Jorge Orta

Shobana Jeyasingh

Ackroyd & Harvey

Rob Kesseler


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