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.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Bloodflow in three dimensions


"It is almost as if the flow of blood has carved out the shape of the heart in evolutionary time. The chambers of the heart are shaped in such a way that the blood swirls around in the direction that the heart requires. Even the vast loop of blood made as it flows around the heart means that as the main pumping chamber recoils this helps the upper chamber refill with the next batch of blood. And part of this astonishing beauty of the heart had been glimpsed by Leonardo da Vinci."

This quotation is taken from a clip from a BBC television programme Heart vs Mind: What Makes Us Human? First broadcast 10th July 2012
To see the clip Bloodflow in three dimensions on BBC iPlayer (in which Dr Philip Kilner is featured) click

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