What does the world do to us?
Medical Museion & Kunsthal Charlottenborg
The Medical Museion joins forces with Kunsthal Charlottenborg to present this autumn’s major exhibition The World is in You. Blending science, contemporary art, science and historical objects, the exhibition explores how our bodies are connected to the world in and around us.
What are we doing to the world? It is arguably the leading question of our time. Life in the Anthropocene means we are constantly confronted with how we affect and change the world around us. But this entanglement of bodies and world flows in both directions. Our environment also shapes our bodies and our lives, for good and for ill.
We inhabit a network of connections that range from the microscopic to the planetary. Our cells detect the shift from day to night, setting our body clocks in line with the rotation of the planet. The things we eat, touch and put in ourselves affect the trillions of microbial companions living on and inside of us. The generations that came before us have left traces on our DNA. The gravity of our planet limits our dreams of life among the stars.
The exhibition The World is in You takes its starting point in new biomedical research that seeks to understand our bodies, our health and our world. But conversations about the insights reached by scientific research cannot be confined to separate disciplines. They flow into the realms of art, history, culture, philosophy, politics and more. Together, they pave the way for new understandings of how our bodies are connected to the world around us.
‘The World is in You is a contribution to the important discussion about the relationship between man and environment, between body and world. It takes its point of departure in new research that opens up big questions and new perspectives on how we are shaped by and entangled with the world around us – in quite concrete, physical terms. By mixing science, art and history, the exhibition aims to accommodate wide-ranging conversations about the world in the body and the body in the world,’ says co-curator Adam Bencard, associate professor at the Medical Museion.
‘After our experiences of the last pandemic years, I think questions around our bodies and their fragile relationship to the world around us are foremost in people’s minds. In this exhibition, we have taken an exploratory and sweeping approach to this issue which brings together an enormous range of materials from the works of leading international contemporary artists to objects from scientific labs and artefacts of the past. But most importantly, this is a show about you. How you as the viewer relate to your environment, your past, your family, your work, and your body. I hope people will leave with a feeling of curiousity and wonder about the deep and complex connections between us and the world.’
- Kristin Hussey, co-curator, historian and researcher at the Medical Museion.