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BIOS centre hosts exhibition with artist in residence Ruth Maclennan

Thursday 18 November, 6-8pm
The Atrium, Student Services Centre, Old Building
The Director's Dining Room, Fourth Floor, Old Building
Curated by Ruth Maclennan and Simon Gould

BIOS|, the centre for the study of bioscience, biomedicine, biotechnology and society at LSE, presents an evening of films by artist Ruth Maclennan on Thursday 18 November.

This event marks the start of Ruth Maclennan's time as artist in residence at the centre and will feature several works made by the artist during her earlier residency in the LSE archives. Ruth Maclennan will be on hand with BIOS director Professor Nikolas Rose to discuss her work and some of her plans for this new residency.

Returning to LSE, supported by a People Award from the Wellcome Trust, Ruth Maclennan will work alongside BIOS researchers over the next ten months to explore the ways in which the mind has been or might in future be represented and importantly with what scientific, aesthetic and cultural implications. From advertising to cyborgs via linguistics and phrenology, Maclennan's wide-ranging investigation will ask the who, how and why questions in representing the mind.

During this residency, Ruth Maclennan and Professor Nikolas Rose will bring together artists, writers, scientists and social scientists to discuss many of these issues through the presentation, performance and analysis of previous and current projects. In addition to this lecture series, Ruth Maclennan will produce new works, and develop an exhibition of contemporary art around the subject of representations of the mind.

During her 2001-2 residency in the archives, Ruth Maclennan explored the system of the archive and, to this end, interviewed the archivists about their lives and work. She said: 'The archive is a real place, but as well as a structure and an institution, it is also a powerful symbol of society's handling of history and the connections between ideas and events.' (2004).

Drawing on materials found in the LSE archives and this notion of the subjectivity of history, Maclennan's videos explore, in spaces around LSE, the idea of the malleable self which is moulded through language and gesture, in order to adapt to, or resist, the different environments in which it finds itself.

Ruth Maclennan has exhibited widely in Britain and abroad. In 2001-02, she was Leverhulme artist in residence in the Library Archives at LSE, during which time she produced an exhibition, The Archives Project: Part 1 and a series of public talks and screenings on the archive in contemporary art practice.

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This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. For more information about this and future events, please contact Simon Gould on s.m.gould@lse.ac.uk| or Ruth Maclennan on r.maclennan@lse.ac.uk|

Notes:

Lecture series: More information on the 2005 events planned, to be held at LSE on 28 April, 5 May, 12 May, 19 May and 26 May 2005, will be posted online at www.lse.ac.uk/bios| nearer the time.

Ruth Maclennan has exhibited widely in Britain and abroad since graduating with an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths' College. In 2001-2, she was Leverhulme artist in residence in the LSE Library Archives, during which she produced an exhibition, The Archives Project: Part 1 and a series of public talks and screenings on the archive in contemporary art practice.

Ruth also contributed to the exhibition and book Potential: ongoing archive at John Hansard Gallery, Southhampton, and TENT, Rotterdam (curated by Anna Harding). She has recently produced a book, Re: The archive, the image, and the very dead sheep, and a series of works with the artist Uriel Orlow, for the conference Unleashing the Archive at the School of Advanced Study.

Previous projects include Four Plus: writing DNA at the Wellcome Trust (2003); Break in Theatre 1-3 (2000-3) at museums throughout Japan; Contemporary Video Works from Britain at Pántlika Borház, Budapest; Critical Home Video at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand and Artspace, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

1 November 2004

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