10 January 2012

Remember the shout-out for donations of milk teeth for the Palaces project at the beginning of 2011? Well, the start of the impressive glass resin sculpture made from the donated teeth is currently on display at the Bluecoat as part of Gina Czarnecki's retrospective exhibition. It will then go on to tour to the Science Museum and the Centre of the Cell in London and also the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry over the next year and a half where it will grow as more teeth are donated.

For Palaces, Czarnecki collaborated with biologist Sara Rankin who is keen to engage the public in the debate about the use of body parts in medical research. Gina and Sara will be leading a discussion on the 8 February asking the question, "Should living people be able to donate their own human tissue to art?" Check out this page on the Guardian's website and the CultureLab blog to find out more from Czarnecki about the thought processes behind the piece.

Other work in the galleries includes the UK premiere of Contagion, a large-scale, interactive video installation that explores parallels between biological infection (yum!) and the spread of information, rumour and myth. Visitors to the space actually generate and evolve the imagery. As you move around in the gallery, your movements are traced in live surveillance footage and also layered over previous visitors's tracks.

To find out more about the exhibition and the Bluecoat, visit their website. The galleries are open daily from 10am - 6pm and entry is free.