A collaboration between Academy Minerva and the European Research Institute for the Biology of Ageing (ERIBA). ERIBA granted 6 students access to their research facility and employees to conduct a small research and produce photographic images about either ERIBA itself or the theme ‘ageing’. By working together with researchers from ERIBA there was a valuable connection between scientific and artistic research.
During a tour of the facility I got fascinated about a huge glass wall, separating the public space from the laboratory. It reminded me of the ‘fourth wall’ from the theatre, watching the researchers working in the laboratory felt like watching a film. The sterile environment and uniformity in the way the researchers were dressed resulted in an intense feeling of anonymity. As soon as the researchers put on their lab-coat and entered the laboratory their identity changed for the outside viewer, their personality was left at the door.
This series was part of the exhibition “Beelden van Buiten”.