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Sunday 19 August 2018

'What Is Life' exhibition continues in two venues

Maria Pepper

A two-venue exhibition at the County Hall in Carricklawn and Wexford Arts Centre entitled 'What is Life' is an exploration of the connection between art and science and features works by ten local, national and international artists.

The exhibition of drawings, photography, video and installations by Vera Klute, Meadbh O'Connor, Bea McMahon, David Beattie, Eleanor Duffin, Maria McKinney, John Culllen, Gerda Teljeur, Andrew Kenny and Fergus Doyle, was curated by Catherine Bowe and Deirdre Southey.

It will continue at both venues until September 7, opening Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The title, 'What is Life', is taken from the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Professor Erwin Schrodinger's famous 'What is Life' lecture series hosted by Trinity College Dublin in 1943 and credited with transforming our understanding of genetics and inspiring the discovery of DNA.

To mark the 75th anniversary of this seminal lecture series, Trinity College is holding a major international symposium on 'The Future of Biology' in September.

The Wexford exhibition seeks to consider the question What is Life and explores how art can contribute to science and vice versa and how the visual arts interpret discoveries in science.

The works were chosen for their use of scientific enquiry, playfulness and inventiveness in their artistic production and concepts.

A number of the artists have backgrounds in physics or are involved in working with science faculties in colleges.

A talk was held in the Arts Cente in conjunction with the exhibition, with the ideas raised by the works discussed by the artist Meadhbh O'Connor in conversation with Professor of Comparative Immunology at Trinity College Cliona O'Farrell and curator Deirdre Southey.

A series of talks is due to take place during the exhibition run and free guided tours will be offered to the public. For details contact the Arts Office of Wexford County Council on 053 9196369 or the Arts Centre on 053 9123764.

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