New installation at Somerset House by Roehampton Research Fellows

Creative Research Fellows at University of Roehampton to launch Plant Science installation at Somerset House.

Posted: 22 April 2013

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Abandoned Plant Sciences Department at 68 Half Moon Lane

Creative Research Fellows at University of Roehampton, Ewan Forster and Christopher Heighes, have created Plant Science - an evocative three room installation in response to the King College London's abandoned Plant Sciences Department laboratories in Herne Hill.

The installation, showing at Inigo Rooms, Somerset House from Thursday 16 May to Tuesday 11 June, is the result of a two year collaboration between Forster and Heighes, the Estates Department and The Performance Foundation at Kings College.

Abandoned for more than twenty years, 68 Half Moon Lane was a site of great innovation in the teaching of biological sciences and most recently the location of Nobel prize-winning research by the James Black Foundation. Its abandoned laboratories, seminar rooms, lecture theatres, and storerooms still evoke a strong sense of collective endeavour.

As a tribute to a remarkable building and an examination of the practice and personalities that inhabited it, Forster and Heighes will retell this particular chapter in the history of King's scientific teaching and research through installation and performance; bringing the spirit and substance of one of the college's suburban outposts back to the centre of the city and reconnecting it with the contemporary university.

This installation project marks the continuation of their partnership's site-specific performance work exploring the performative nature of teaching spaces and the architecture of education which began with 'Curriculum'(1990), based at Froebel College, and 'Middle English' (2003) a response to the history of Whitelands College.

More information on the Plant Science installation.

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