Professor Christine Borland
Baltic Professor of Contemporary Art
Practice and Research Interests
Borland’s practice negotiates territories in art, ethics, medical humanities and bio-politics. She gathers her source material as a result of time spent in institutions associated with medicine and science, observing and participating in their practices. Resulting works reinvest clinical observations with a human dimension, introducing aesthetics and ambiguity to an arena dominated by function and objectivity. Through making usually inaccessible processes visible, unsettling ethical questions ?are often raised.
Over the past few years Borland has worked in close collaboration with medical schools, developing her particular interest in the use of ‘simulated patients’; both actors who undertake role-plays with the students, and programmable, interactive, life-sized patient manikins. A recent project Cast From Nature explored the historical and contemporary performative relationship between medical professionals, their patients and subjects. A current international collaboration ‘Circles of Focus’ with artist Brody Condon, explores the dynamic of the anatomy dissection theatre and the potential for performance and role-play in this context.
Current & Prospective Research Supervision
Borland is currently:
Second Supervisor, Daksha Patel ‘Contemporary drawing practice, medical visualisation and the body repositioned’
Second Supervisor, Jane Dawson ‘The effect of visual art on perceptual and emotional processes using EEG’
Christine is interested in supervising practice-led research, particularly in the areas of interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary practice, relational/socially-engaged and site-specific art. Work across a range of media including sculpture, installation, and performance related practice.
Undergraduate, Department of Sculpture & Environmental Art, Glasgow School of Art 1993 – 2001
Lead on special study modules for 3rd Year Medical Students and collaborative medical/fine art undergraduate projects 2005 – 2011, Glasgow and Peninsula Medical School, Cornwall
Visiting lecturer, Undergraduate and MFA – numerous international institutions.
B.A. (Hons) Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art
MFA, University of Ulster, Belfast