Transplant and Life

Transplant and Life

Research Project

John Wynne and Tim Wainwright



Transplant and Life was an exhibition in the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons in London. John worked with the late photographer Tim Wainwright to film, photograph and record organ transplant recipients, live donors, people on the waiting list for a transplant, and specialists in the field. They were asked to make work that would bring the patient voice into the medical museum, a space normally dominated by specimens, clinical hardware and medical heroes.

The exhibition was accompanied by a digital guide designed to enrich the visitor experience via QR codes throughout the exhibition and to provide access to images, sounds and information not directly on show in the museum.

The exhibition consisted of three related installations. The museum's Crystal Gallery was occupied by a frieze of 16 high-resolution light boxes, and 12 channels of sound were heard via transducers which turned the glass cabinets into sound-producing surfaces.

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