Saturday September 7th - 11.30 am – 12.15pm
Tickets for the activity are available from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum reception in person or by phone using a credit or debit card on 01392 265858
The Palace has been featured by The Vancouver Sun in a number of beautiful photographs promoting the Wasted Works. Each image is accompanied by further explanation of Gina’s artworks and Palace.
“Why not make art out of liposuctioned fat and hip joints removed during surgery? A new exhibit in England entitled The Wasted Works pushes the limit of the taboo. Take a look.”
Take a look for yourself to learn more about the current exhibition in Manchester at the Museum of Science and Industry. If you would like your milk teeth to reach international acclaim, please consider donating and helping to grow the Palace.]]>
The Palace was featured in The Guardian’s Northerner Blog by Martin Wainwright, encouraging children to both visit and donate their teeth to the Tooth Fairy’s “Palace up North”, which is currently in Manchester, at the Museum of Science and Industry. Although the Manchester Science Festival has come to an end, the Palace will be in the city until 27th January 2013.
“Why? (The first question all children ask). Well, it’s partly art, darling, and partly to highlight some scientific issues which may not engage little ones – though they could trigger a torrent of further questions – but are interesting for the rest of us.”
Martin notes the significance of milk teeth in relation to stem cell research and laments having no baby teeth of his own to donate, so maybe you could make up for this by donating a few of your own and hopefully, making him feel better.
“As disposable body parts, milk teeth have particular potential for stem cell research… I wish I had some to give. I have got my wisdom teeth in a box somewhere but they are hideous and large.”
To read the full article on the Guardian’s website click here.
Gina was interviewed about the Palaces Project and her Wasted Works as part of the Manchester Science Festival. Questions focused on the controversial nature of this striking body of work and addressed some of the issues which working with ‘discarded’ body parts can create. There was also a chance to discuss her favorite piece of work and how the Wasted Words can co-exist together to be more than a sum of parts.
For some great responses to thoughtful questions, which explore the purpose, protocols and personal significance of the Palace, read the full interview here. Remember, it is your tooth donations which are making the Palace grow and helping Gina to explore these issues, so thank you!
The Palace is at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) among other installations from Gina’s collective Wasted Works, all of which explore the life-giving potential of ‘discarded’ body parts as well as their relationship to myths, history, cutting-edge stem cell research and notions of what constitutes informed consent.
The exhibition was part of the Manchester Science Festival and will be open daily until the 27th of January 2013. Admission is free, and suitable for all ages at parental discretion.
MOSI’s next photography workshop, with Andrew Brooks on Tuesday 20th of November, will give participants the opportunity to photograph the exhibition. If you participate in this workshop, or have taken any photos of the Palace during a visit to the museum, we would very much like to share and display them on the website. Contact us here.
We are still collecting teeth to help the Palace grow; this is an organic artwork which relies on your generosity and support. If you would like to contribute to the Wasted Works and the ongoing debate around how our body parts could be used for stem cell regeneration, then please donate your baby teeth at the donation station in the exhibition space, or send them to us by post.
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“Some people think it’s creepy at first,” says artist Gina Czarnecki, standing next to a large translucent sculpture – a cross between a fairy castle and a cave full of stalactites – which is studded at intervals with little human teeth. This is one of her latest works, WASTED: Palaces, on display in a new exhibition of Czarnecki’s work at Liverpool’s Bluecoat exhibition space, which commissioned the piece.
“Despite their initial revulsion, the attention of the mainstream media has convinced members of the public to get on board with the project, Czarnecki says. Back in April, CultureLab learned of her plans to ask children and parents to donate milk teeth to her, rather than the tooth fairy. Over the last few months she has collected hundreds and as more and more people donate, the palace will turn from shiny glass-like resin into a coral of tooth enamel.
“Czarnecki is interested in what happens to our tissue once it leaves our bodies – who does it belong to, what information does it betray about us, and what scope does it have medically? She’s also interested in the use of such body parts in art, and the stark contrast between the ethical regulations concerning the use of tissue for scientific research and its use in artwork. Alongside the toothy palace, WASTED also includes an arm chair with a cushion made of human fat extracted during liposuction, and a mobile made of plaster casts of diseased bone.”
Read more here.]]>