client: Science Gallery London budget: £16K, self-build, photography: Jan Kattein Architects
Spare Parts at the Science Gallery in London explored the art, science, ethics and technology that enables human repair and alteration. It considers the emotional and psychological aspects of living with a replacement organ or limb; organic or engineered. Developed alongside scientists from King’s College London, the exhibition and accompanying events programme invited visitors to question whether ‘spare parts’ can exist outside the biological body, or whether our bodies can be a sum of independent parts that are regenerated, enhanced, donated or altered.
The process of altering the body has found expression in our design intervention. A timber megastructure acted as a prosthesis to the gallery, using modular elements in bespoke configurations to connect the architecture of the building to the works on display. In this structure, transparency of fabrication, fixings and support were highlighted rather than hidden. Working imaginatively with artists, Curator, and Science Gallery London, JKA’s collaborative methodology is an embodiment of Spare Parts.