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John Gerrard in Conversation



Tuesday 23 May 2017


In this event, artist John Gerrard speaks with curator Brian Dillon about his newly-developed commission for Electricity: The spark of life. Gerrard’s ‘X. laevis (Spacelab) 2017′ responds to Luigi Galvani’s famous 18th-century experiments on the effects of electricity on amputated frogs’ legs, and to a video of a frog in zero gravity shot aboard the NASA space shuttle Endeavour in 1992.

Gerrard’s live simulation features a frog suspended in space between the hands of an astronaut, calling attention to the scientific relationship between humans and animals, and anticipating a future in which sustaining life beyond Earth may become critical to human survival.


  • John Gerrard, artist 
  • Brian Dillon, writer and critic, and UK editor of Cabinet magazine

This event is FREE. Tickets will become available below from 11.00 on Friday 28 April.