Philip Ball: a writer’s perspective:

 Philip Ball studying his cells under a microscope. Photo Charlie Murphy

Philip Ball studying his cells under a microscope. Photo Charlie Murphy

Science writer Philip Ball has granted us access to his growing brain in a dish all in the name of science and a deeper understanding of dementias and other degenerative brain diseases.

Starting with donating his skin cells to the Wray Lab at UCL, Phil has been reflecting on his growing neurons (brain cells) - documenting their journey from skin cells to artficial stem cells and eventually to a 'mini-brain' through a series of articles for Created Out of Mind.

Charlie Murphy: An artist's persepective

 Dementia researcher Christopher Lovejoy freezing down!

Dementia researcher Christopher Lovejoy freezing down!

Charlie Murphy is developing new sculptures, video installations and participatory events in response to the transformation of her skin cells into neurons.

Through participation in this research, Charlie is learning about the laboratory technologies used and the personal implications that these differences can have for wellbeing, cognitive function and life expectancy.

Observing the transformation of her cells in the lab, Charlie is experimenting with how their structures, formations and growth might be documented and interpreted.

Playfully remaking and re-framing lab processes and microscopic imagery, her research is unfolding through experiments with glass, light, photography, video and a participatory dance workshop  'The Neuronal Disco’ which animates molecular structures and mechanisms of the brain.

More information about Charlie’s practice and this work can be found here.

 Caption : ‘dermo fibroblasts, in vitro’, mixed media installation 2018. Photo: Charlie Murphy

Caption : ‘dermo fibroblasts, in vitro’, mixed media installation 2018. Photo: Charlie Murphy