The Transplant residency resulted in numerous related works, exhibitions, publications and broadcasts. The following is a select list of four of its exhibited outcomes.
The Nunnery Gallery, London, September 2008
Beldam Gallery, Brunel University, December 2008 – March 2009
Video with surround-sound
TATE Britain, 2007
Old Operating Theatre Museum, London, 2007
Gallery 1313, Toronto, May 2008
National College of Art and Design, Dublin, February 2011
A DVD version is available with the publication The Art of Immersive Soundscapes (University of Regina Press).
This piece was shot in the ITU (Intensive Treatment Unit) of Harefield Hospital. When a patient is wheeled in from the operating theatre, curtains are drawn around the bed for the sake of privacy, and to minimise potential distress to other patients. The curtains do little to attenuate the sound – indeed they can heighten auditory sensitivity and arouse the imagination. ITU patients spend much of the time heavily sedated and often suffer from paranoid hallucinations.
Hearts, Lungs and Minds
Composed documentary for radio
BBC Radio 3, 2008
This composed documentary explores the experiences of transplant patients and the issues raised by this last-option medical procedure. It weaves personal narratives with the sounds of the hospital environment and
all of the people whose voices are heard have either had a heart and/or lung transplant or were waiting for one.
Multi-screen video and surround-sound installation
Herb Garret, St Thomas' Church, London, 2007
Flow is a multi-screen, surround-sound installation commissioned by curator Claire Staunton for Inheritance Projects. It was made specifically for the Herb Garret, in the roof of St Thomas' Church near London Bridge, where medicinal herbs were stored and cured starting in the early 18th century. The site is adjacent to Europe's oldest surviving operating theatre.
The installation uses materials recorded by the artists during a complex open-heart operation at Harefield Hospital. The sonic and visual imagery in this installation concentrate on the flow of blood to and from the patient, and the machinery involved in the operating theatre.