n. pl. cor·po·ra (-pr-)
1. A large collection of writings of a specific kind or on a specific subject.
2. A collection of writings or recorded remarks used for linguistic analysis.
3. The main part of a bodily structure or organ.
//Reviews of art. Art and language. Art and the body.
Thursday, 13 October 2016
Interview with Joey Holder at Wysing Arts Centre
Interview: Joey Holder
Joey Holder: Ophiux Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge 25 September – 20 November 2016
Working with cuttingedge
science, artist Joey Holder (b1981) has created an immersive clinical
environment, into which the visitor enters, wearing blue shoe covers, to be
confronted with a larger-than-life MRI scanner, tanks containing driedout
creatures, and X-ray light boxes, on which magnified bacteria and a curious
skull are displayed. This is Ophiux,
a speculative pharmaceutical company of the not-too-distant future, working
with synthetic biology, to create new, genetically modified
During her 2015 residency at Wysing Arts Centre in Cambridge Holder was introduced to Dr Marco Galardini, a computational biologist at the
European Bioinformatics Institute at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus,
Cambridge, and Dr Katrin Linse, senior biodiversity biologist at the
British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge. She has collaborated with them on her
research to produce both the installation and the accompanying film, recently
premiered at Deptford X, and soon to go on a national tour.
Having studied sciences and art at A-level, Holder chose to follow an artistic career, studying first at Kingston Universityand later at Goldsmiths, where she obtained her MFA in 2010. Science has remained
an enduring interest, however, as have curious and alien life forms, and – no
doubt influenced by her time spent as a dive master in Turkey – the underwater
world. This complex and thought-provoking exhibition brings together these
diverse strands and makes a case for future such discourses between artists and
Holder showed Studio International around the installation and
explained some of the science fact and science fiction involved.