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Birds I wouldn’t have heard – installation by Tim Wainwright & John Wynne

28th February 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12th May 2019 @ 6:00 pm

A person's torso in a spotty jumper behind a curtain, with only the lower part of their face visible


'Birds I wouldn't have heard'

Installation showing as part of the exhibition

SPARE PARTS: Rethinking Human Repair

Science Gallery London | King’s College London | Directions

28 February to 12 May 2019 | 10:00am-18:00pm, Tuesday-Sunday (last admission 17:30pm)

Please note: gallery closed Mondays


What is it like to receive or donate an organ?

How do disease and transplantation affect daily life?


Birds I wouldn’t have heard is an installation by Tim Wainwright and CRiSAP’s John Wynne. Part of the exhibition SPARE PARTS, it weaves still and moving images, voice and field recordings, the artwork seeks to convey the breadth and depth of emotions and experiences encountered whilst the artists were in-residence at the Royal Free and Harefield Hospitals, both world-leading centres for organ transplants. It explores the impact of disease and transplantation on the daily lives and identity of recipients, live donors and those on the waiting list.

Working within the hospital and in the homes of nearly 30 participants, the artists have captured a surprising variety of responses to this transformative and challenging procedure and convey them with an unexpected combination of intensity and delicacy.

This multichannel installation was created for Science Gallery London in 2018-19 with materials collected as part of the artists’ Transplant and Life project at the Hunterian Museum in 2017, funded primarily by Arts Council England and the Royal College of Surgeons.

For further information, including the times of free guided tours of the exhibition, please see Science Gallery London website


John Wynne's work includes large-scale installations, delicate sculptures and radiophonic work. He is a Professor of Sound Art at the University of the Arts London, and has a PhD from Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Tim Wainwright used photography, film and sound to investigate the nature and consequences of transformation and to enable people to tell their stories. His work was shown around the world, and included installations, photographic documentary projects and abstract collections. Tim died in November 2018 after a brief illness.

SPARE PARTS features artists and designers from across the globe, informed by conversations and collaborations with leading academics and their cutting-edge research into transplantation and regeneration of the human body. The exhibition includes a maker space to bring the topics of the season to life through live research and hands-on events, inviting visitors to reflect on SPARE PARTS and share their thoughts.


28th February 2019 @ 11:00 am
12th May 2019 @ 6:00 pm
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Science Gallery London


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