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Professor Christine Borland

BA (Hons) Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art, MFA, University of Ulster, Belfast

Baltic Professor of Contemporary Art


Through her research in laboratories, scientific and medical institutions, Christine Borland has rendered visible people and practices which are usually inaccessible to a general public. Her works foreground historical and contemporary scientific research and methods, while freeing their metaphorical associations by introducing the imaginary, the aesthetic and poetic.

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.

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary practice, relational/socially-engaged and site-specific art. Of particular interest is conflict between the medical and scientific status of the body as an artificially stable, neutral and regulated site of control and the potential for ambiguity and expression when it is considered from the perspective of the visual artist. Her experience is across a range of media including sculpture, installation, contextual, collaborative and performance related practice and the negotiation of regulatory and legal frameworks in relation to her interdisciplinary practice.

Sponsors and Collaborators

Brody Condon, (Berlin/USA)

Current/Recent Projects

Circles of Focus'Circles of Focus' (see image) (with Brody Condon)
Creative Scotland, 2011

RSA Morton Award for Lens Based Work

Glasgow Sculpture Studios Production Residency

Glasgow University Medical Humanities Fellowship

Key Publications

Divine Imperfect Installation View'Daughters of Decayed Tradesmen' Edinburgh Arts Festival Commission 2013

'Divine Imperfect' Pier Arts Centre, Orkney 2012 (image: Divine Imperfect Installation)

'Cast From Nature' Camden Arts Centre, London (2011) and Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Glasgow (2011)

'SimBodies & NoBodies' Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast & Toni Tapies Barcelona, 2009/2010

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