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Wednesday, September 12 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Learning Journey #1 (OYO): The Francis Crick Institute "Deconstructing Patterns: Art + Science in Conversation"

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Learning Journey #1 (OYO) On Your Own:
The Francis Crick Institute "Deconstructing Patterns: Art + Science in Conversation"

Arriving early in London? 
Join FWN 'early birds' at The Francis Crick Institute, a one-minute walk from the St. Pancras Renaissance London hotel, for a leisurely lunch at the Café....and then we sashay over to view the "Deconstructing Patterns: Art + Science in Conversation" exhibition.

Meet FWN Board Members at entrance of St. Pancras starting at 11:45am to 12:15pm.

Art and science in conversation at the Francis Crick Institute. The natural world is made up of patterns. Many we can see with the naked eye, but others only exist at cellular and molecular levels. This stunning new exhibition at the Crick delves into the extraordinary world of microscopic patterns.

Presented over three ‘zones’, the exhibition explores intricate patterns studied at the Crick, each one interpreted by a specially-commissioned artist. The displays take the form of a poetry and soundscape piece by Sarah Howe and Chu-Li Shewring, a sculpture and film by Helen Pynor and a film created by the young filmmaking group, KaleiKo.

By taking patterns apart, both the artists and scientists are seeking new insights into the beauty and complexity of the human body.

“Disrupting patterns helps unravel the mystery of how they are formed in the first place”.
– Katherine Exelby, Developmental Dynamics Laboratory

Marvel at the iconic sculpture as you enter the Crick. Paradigm, by artist Conrad Shawcross, is one of the tallest public sculptures in central London.  At an imposing 14 metres, it comprises of a twisting stack of tetrahedra that grow in size. The work is a feat of engineering. Thomas Kuhn's theory of the 'paradigm shift' provided a starting point for Shawcross' work for the Crick. Kuhn, an American philosopher of science, believed that scientific advancement does not progress in a seamless linear fashion, but rather through massive shifts that lead to breakthroughs, which change the course of thought, comprehension and application.

Paradigm provides a metaphor for potential: to grow; to advance; to discover. Its majestic form embodies boldness and courage while the material it is constructed from (weathering steel) gives a respectful nod to the industrial heritage of the area.

The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute that opened in 2016, this state-of-the art research lab is dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease. Its work is helping to understand why disease develops and to translate discoveries into new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases. The Crick is an award-winning building designed by architects HOK with PLP Architecture. Architecturally, there are strong links between the new institute and the historic buildings in the local St. Pancras and Kings Cross areas. Both the masonry and the distinctive vaulted roof recall features of the adjacent St Pancras International station.

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Wednesday September 12, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm BST
The Francis Crick Institute