What does time mean to you? Is it the ticking of a clock? The rhythm of a dance? The oscillation of a cell? Still from Time Animals – Isabella Martin, 2021 The prospect of curating a selection of objects and artworks on the theme of ‘time’ for The World is in...
We are each timepieces – our bodies carry within them an inner time embedded in our organs and cells. These body clocks are constantly in conversation with our environment through the light we see, the food we eat, and how we move. New research is revealing the extent to which our health is dependent on these biological rhythms remaining in synchronicity – which is often challenging in a modern world which seems to never stop. Regular cycles of sleep and wake, feed and fast, rest and activity are integral to the efficient running of the clocks.
This project takes the science of circadian rhythms as a jumping off point for a wider investigation of time, timing and rhythmicity in health, medicine and scientific practice. We are interdisciplinary in our approach, drawing on insights from history, curatorial practice, science communication, medical humanities and science and technology studies. Body Time is embedded within the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research (CBMR) and the Medical Museion.
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A reflection on curating the Z-time digital exhibition during a COVID 19 lockdown
This post was originally published on CBMR Voices. The lockdown has brought many challenges but one of its unexpected benefits has been the growth of digital conferences, lectures and events that allow us to tune in no matter where we are in the world. My favorite...
While world has been gripped in the COVID-19 pandemic, sleep has also been making the headlines. Amid the confusion, uncertainty and sadness, people have also been struggling to sleep or sleeping too much. In particular, sleep researchers are fascinated with the...
As we approach the end of March, many countries around the world from Mongolia to Paraguay to Greenland are preparing to ‘spring forward’ and move the clocks forward an hour. Each year, Daylight Savings Time (DST) brings with it passionate debates about whether it...
If I told you that I studied circadian rhythms, it probably wouldn’t mean very much to you. What about ‘chronobiology’? The biology part is easy enough, the study of living things, but what about ‘chrono’? These scientific names obscure a simple fact about being human...
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