Nette' Weekends: Wellcome Collection

I went on a fieldtrip recently to the Wellcome Collection, an intriguing collection of medical curiosities spanning the past few centuries; everything from Napoleon’s toothbrush to Victorian glass eyes if you catch my drift. The museum is a fascinatingly creepy place to spend an afternoon; I spent a good deal of time loitering in front of displays of 19th century dental tools and prosthetic limbs from the Italian Renaissance. All of this is well and good, but the real reason I found myself at this curious museum was for Ann Veronica Janssens’ temporary installation yellowbluepink. The exhibition has proven to be quite popular, and even on a sleepy Friday morning there was a bit of a queue. That being said, I promise you a visit is well worth your time. Janssens’ installation examines consciousness, and visual perception. I’d hate to fully give it away, but I will say that it was the most disorientating experience I have ever had the pleasure of walking into. The room is filled with a thick suspended fog that completely and entirely invades your vision with color. Perception of form and shape are almost entirely eliminated, resulting in a rather bizarre visual lightshow that challenges one’s understanding of vision and perception. You may spend as long as you like exploring the strange cotton-candy cocoon hidden away in the back gallery of the Wellcome collection, and when you emerge, if you’re anything like me, you and your vision will thank the heavens for the mundane stability of light and shadow. 

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