10.30am to 5pm
The exhibition showcases 40 animations integrated within this quirky historic venue and offers contemporary interpretations on the 19th century surgical operations that took place there and the objects associated with them. The juxtaposition of antique objects and settings with digital animations provokes questions about scientific certainty and the effect of human imagination on it.
The Old Operating Theatre itself is also examined as space that exhibits ‘weird’ science – a place of now-redundant but no less gripping surgical practice, where fear and fearlessness are fellow accomplices. With increased access to previously out-of-reach medical information, the patient’s view is now as important as the doctor’s, infecting science with a new subjectivity and emotionality, but also offering a wider view of human experience. This is reflected in the 40 animations in this exhibition, which act as mediators between the objects and the effect they have had on people’s lives.
In this way, this exhibition provides a provocative creative interpretation of the compelling relationship between doctors and patients, science and the imagination.
Admission £6.50, £5 concs, £3.50 Child.
Booking for All Events is essential due to limited capacity, see booking website for details:
“In Conversation” | Old Operating Theatre, 9a St Thomas’ Street, SE1 9RY | 7th November | 17:30 –19:00 | Admission £8
Chaired by Character Animation Course Leader Birgitta Hosea, “In Conversation” between the animators of the films and the composers of the music, looking at their creative process and response to the museum and themes.
Live Music Performance to Dr Caligari’s Cabinet | Old Operating Theatre, 9a St Thomas’ Street, SE1 9RY | 14th November | 17:30 –19:00 | Admission £8
In a live-performance event the selection of Dr Caligari’s Cabinet presents themes that are common to the themes of the exhibition with music composed and performed by Matt Harding
Panel Discussion: ‘Curating Out of Date Science/ Museums on the Fringe’ | Old Operating Theatre, 9a St Thomas’ Street, SE1 9RY | 21st November | 17:30 –19:00 | Admission £8
In this panel discussion several Directors and Curators of museum spaces that hold collections, or present narratives of outdated information. Featuring Kevin Flude- Director Old Operating Theatre, Subhadra Das- Curator, The Galton Collection