About the project

About the project

This blog documents the first phase of a collaborative visual arts project between artist Emma Hunter, Dr Philip Kilner of the Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Unit at Royal Brompton hospital (part of Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust) and rb&hArts – the Trust’s charitable arts programme.

The project will focus on water-flow properties inherent in the structures and dynamics of the human heart and blood system.

This first phase, funded by the Wellcome Trust and devoted to research and development, will include workshops with medical students and with patients of the Trust, as well as the exchange of images and words you will see developing below. The outcome will be a series of works of art which poetically re-imagine the inner landscape of the human body. We hope it will invite audiences to make visual connections between our inner and outer landscapes; the micro and macro, and to consider the biomedical and ecological implications of these connections.

We aim to produce a catalogue to accompany a tour of this work in 2014, before it is hung permanently at Royal Brompton Hospital in London.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012


Spiralling heart muscle fibres
Drenckhahn, Benninghoff Anatomie, 16th Edition 2004 ©Elsevier GmbH, Urban & Fischer, Munich.

It was seeing the centre drawing reproduced in Theodore Schwenk's Sensitive Chaos that led to the conception of this project. The spiralling forms at the apex of the heart (centre) are remeniscent of flow forms found in rivers and streams. From this one image the idea for the stream project was born.

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