Blood: At­tract and Re­pel

Time Out (Melbourne) - - ARTS & CULTURE - RJ

THE SMELL OF blood is un­mis­tak­able. But have you thought about how the metal­lic scent makes you feel? The first work that vis­i­tors will en­counter in this ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plores this ques­tion. As the smell hits, cam­eras will emo­tion-map vis­i­tors’ faces, record­ing their re­sponses. Some faces may reg­is­ter fear; oth­ers hunger, calm­ness, or nos­tal­gia. Ac­cord­ing to Dr Ryan Jefferies, cre­ative direc­tor of Blood: At­tract and Re­pel, this piece – by Aus­tralian artists Ol­lie Cot­saftis and Sarah Mcarthur – is the be­gin­ning of a jour­ney that in­ter­ro­gates the very fluid that keeps us alive. Blood is the first ex­hi­bi­tion for Sci­ence Gallery, lo­cated at the Univer­sity of Mel­bourne. It’s the sixth in a se­ries of Sci­ence Gal­leries in cities across the world, all of them tied to uni­ver­si­ties. The project aims to close the gap be­tween art and sci­ence in highly par­tic­i­pa­tory (and at times, con­fronting) ex­hi­bi­tions.

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