Today I visited Brains, The Mind as Matter, the new temporary exhibition at MOSI. After the success of my workshops at Manchester Art Gallery, I’ve been wanting to try them out in different spaces around the city, and I’ve decided to start with the science museum. The exhibition caught my attention, so I went to visit in the hopes I could base part of a workshop around its contents.
I actually found my trip even more inspiring than I’d hoped. The exhibition touches on scientific discovery through the years, methods of treatment, and artworks responding to the issues raised around the collection. It was fascinating, both to see how much has been learned about the way our minds work – and how early many discoveries were made. I probably looked a bit macabre, walking around scrawling madly in my notebook. The exhibition is really thought-provoking, I got all kinds of ideas and learned lots of interesting things (and some pretty horrifying ones too).
On a somewhat related note, I’ll be performing some work at Tongue in Cheek at Taurus Bar this Thursday. It’s only my third spoken word event, and I’m hoping I’ll have some new poems ready following my visit to MOSI today. It gave me lots of ideas for new work, I just need to find some time between now and then to actually write them down! Either way, I’ll probably be performing the poems I’ve written about climate change.
I’ve been meaning to visit Tongue in Cheek for months now and I’m really glad that I’ve finally summoned up the nerve to start performing! It still terrifies me, and I get up on the stage shaking so hard I can barely hold my paper straight. But I’m excited about it, and the reception to my (first!) poem at Stirred Poetry the other week was really encouraging.