Meeting Place is a regular series of informal exchanges and conversations, held at BALTIC 39. These intimate Salon-style discussions are interdisciplinary and designed to explore the ways artists collaborate with experts in the fields of science, the environment, health and medicine to generate new research and artwork.

Developed by BALTIC Professor of Contemporary Art, Christine Borland and BALTIC Curator of Exhibitions & Research, Alessandro Vincentelli.

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Rona Lee


Listen to recorded audio from previous Meeting Place sessions below

Professor Rona Lee and Dr Kathryn Yusoff
28 May 2015

Artist and Professor of Fine Art, Rona Lee and Geographer, Dr Kathryn Yusoff discuss Lee’s exhibition That Oceanic Feeling, John Hansard Gallery, 2012, a body of work developed in dialogue with researchers at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, whose work involves mapping the most remote and unknown areas of the planet’s surface – the deep sea bed.

Lee’s work explores our complex relationship to this ‘invisible’ and simultaneously (as a result of increasing environmental, economic and political pressures) emergent space, reflecting on geo-physical methods of ‘world making’ in parallel with the imaginative pull of the contemporary ‘depths’.

Kathryn Yusoff is a Geographer Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at Queen Mary University of London whose current research addresses questions of ‘Geologic Life’ within the proposed geologic epoch of the Anthropocene and the opportunity this offers to re-think human-earth relations and the place of materiality within the politics of life.

Dr. Peter Edwards and Fiona Crisp
26 June 2014

Artist Fiona Crisp has for many years been concerned with the photographic object as an unstable and deeply equivocal phenomenon. In recent years Crisp has been developing a dialogue with fundamental scientists regarding the visualisation of concepts and data that challenge the limits of our imaginative capacity.

Fiona Crisp was joined by Dr. Pete Edwards, who helped facilitate her access to sites where both experimental and theoretical physics/cosmology are carried out; these have included CERN in Geneva as well as the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation and the COSMA super computer, both at Durham University. Dr. Edwards is an experienced science communicator who co-ordinates the outreach programme of the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics at Durham University, UK.

Jordan Baseman and John Troyer
22 May 2014

Artist Jordan Basemen and sociologist and Deputy Director of the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath John Troyer, discuss the exhibition Deadness, presented at Matt’s Gallery in 2013. Deadness derived from Baseman’s creative non-fiction and interview-based practice, exploring the historical, cultural and sociological relationship between photographic portraiture and embalming. Dr Troyer grew up around funeral homes prior to his academic engagement with the subject of embalming, witnessing first-hand from a young age through his father’s work as a Funeral Director. Deadness presents his professional and personal connection to embalming.

Jacqueline Donachie and
Professor Darren G. Monckton
10 January 2013

Tomorrow Belongs to Me by Jacqueline Donachie and Darren G. Monckton, Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Glasgow, is the result of a five year collaboration, 2001-2006, following the diagnosis of myotonic dystrophy, a form of inherited muscular dystrophy in the artist’s family. The project specifically looked at ‘anticipation,’ the phenomenon of certain forms of inherited genetic disorders progressively showing at earlier stages and worsening from generation to generation. The Tomorrow Belongs to Me research and project was presented as an exhibition at the Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow, and included a film, DVD archive, sculpture and photography and accompanying publication with interview transcripts. The project was funded by a SciArt production award from the Wellcome Trust.

Jacqueline Donachie is a Scottish artist, graduating in the early 90’s from The Glasgow School of Art’s influential Environmental Art department. One of a group of artists who helped establish Glasgow in the 1990s as one of the world’s most dynamic contemporary art communities, she is still based in the city and has forged an international reputation for a socially-engaged, collaborative art practice, with a special interest in public space, healthcare and bio-medical research. She is currently doing a practice-led PhD at Northumbria University looking at how artworks can influence Science.

Darren G. Monckton is Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Glasgow and his research interest is the role of tandemly repeated DNA sequences in the human genome and their relationship to inherited disease. In particular, ongoing work is focused on the CTG repeat within the gene associated with the inherited human disorder, myotonic dystrophy.

Ania Dabrowska and
Professor Bronwyn Parry
27 September 2012

The first Meeting Place conversation was between London based artist Ania Dabrowska and Bronwyn Parry, Professor in Social Science, Health and Medicine at King’s College London. Both collaborated on the Mind Over Matter project which investigated the role that brain donation can play in understanding memory loss and in finding cures for dementia. The project was funded by a Wellcome Trust People Award and culminated in an interactive exhibition held in London in 2011.

Ania Dabrowska is a Polish born, London-based artist working in photography, installation, text, sound and video. Her projects are often socially engaged and use participatory and collaborative methodologies. She is interested in the impact that bringing together different registers of time and space and individual and collective cultural identities might have on each other when re-configured in a context of new work. She is currently a SPACE artist in residence at Arlington, developing Arlington Portraits series that was recently exhibited in Times Square, New York.

Professor Bronwyn Parry’s interests lie in investigating how the relationship between humans and nature are being re-cast by technological, economic and regulatory change. She has interests in cutting edge developments in the life sciences, health and medicine including human enhancement, cloning, advanced reproductive technologies, and the commodification of human bodily parts and organs. She has worked to devise new approaches to applied bioethics, legal frameworks for the regulation of new technologies and new methods for enhancing the public understanding of science. She is about to embark on a new collaborative project that explores the ‘roll-out’ of assisted reproductive technologies in India.