Christine Borland – 'SimBodies, NoBodies & Me'
School of Fine Art In collaboration with Glasgow Sculpture Studios

Event Type:

Friday Event


Glasgow Film Theatre


15 Oct 2010
11:00 - 13:00



Image from
Lecture presentation

Christine Borland – 'SimBodies, NoBodies & Me'

Event info

Christine Borland
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Christine Borland's practice negotiates territories in art, ethics, medical humanities and bio-politics. She gathers her source material as a result of research time spent in medical and forensic institutions, observing and participating in their practices. Borland does not merely expose her findings within the gallery but creates deeply poetic works that reinvest the clinical data with a human dimension, introducing aesthetics and ambiguity to an arena dominated by function and objectivity. Her observations often raise unsettling questions simply by making visible an arena usually inaccessible to the public. Given the sensitive nature of her work, Borland has devised a personal moral framework, analogous to the Code of Medical Ethics, which serves to inform her practice and her choice of materials.

Borland studied at The Glasgow School of Art and University of Ulster, Belfast. She has since collaborated with the Medical Research Council's Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, the Medical School at Glasgow University and the Penninsula Medical School in Cornwall. She was a NESTA Creative Fellow from 2006-2009 and an Academic Researcher at The Glasgow School of Art until Spring 2010.

Her work has been shown internationally in numerous museums and large-scale exhibitions including the Centre for Contemporary Art of South Australia, Kunstverein Munich, Germany, the Fabric Workshop & Museum, Philadelphia, ICA London and at the Lyon Biennial, Manifesta 2, Venice Biennale and Münster Skulpturen Projekte 3. Her most recent solo shows include 'SimBodies & NoBodies' Galeria Toni Tapies, Barcelona (2010) and at Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast (2009) and 'With Practise' Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance (2007). She was shortlisted for the 1997 Turner Prize.

Hosted by The School of Fine Art, The Friday Event Lecture Series is The Glasgow School of Art's flagship public lecture series, and brings major international speakers (including artists, architects, designers, historians and cultural theorists) to the city of Glasgow.