|Human Race is all set for 2012|
|Monday, 05 March 2012|
Scotland and Medicine’s latest initiative, Human Race: inside the history of sports medicine touring exhibition will open in Stirling in March, exploring the history, culture and science of sport and exercise medicine
Scotland and Medicine Partnership was established in 2004 to improve access to, and promote the knowledge of, health and medical related collections held in Scotland and to increase public awareness of Scotland’s global impact on the history and development of medicine. The partnership consists of 23 organisations and The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is the lead partner.
Since 2004 the Partnership has encouraged people of all ages to be informed, inspired and involved in biomedical science through the delivery of projects that have brought together medical collections, researchers, practitioners and creative artists. The Human Race project will continue to build excitement and interest around medicine and society.
The last 200 years has seen phenomenal advances in technology and techniques and today we have a greater understanding of the body than ever before, but what advances will be made in the future? Could we be on the verge of creating a bionic athlete? The Human Race exhibition explores these and many other questions. It charts the developments in motion analysis, surgical advances, sporting prostheses, X-rays and MRI scanning, as well as changing attitudes to training and dietary regimes. Visitors will be able to explore the history and development of sport and exercise medicine, as well as its potential impact on the future of sport and our quest to create a bionic athlete.
“The last 200 years has seen phenomenal advances in technology and techniques and today we have a greater understanding of the body than ever before, but what advances will be made in the future? Could we be on the verge of creating a bionic athlete?”From the Bronze Age wrist protectors and rarely seen film footage to early anatomical specimens and the latest body imaging techniques, the majority of the 100+ items, drawn from Scottish medical and national collections, will be on public display for the first time. Material from the enthusiastic amateur and medical pioneers to the modern sports doctor will be on display. A whip belonging to the Georgian gentleman sportsman and trainer, Captain Robert Barclay Allardice and the makeshift face protector used by Dr George Pirie during his ground-breaking work on the application of X-rays will be shown alongside a Greek vase dating from 500-600BC and a 19th century high bicycle.
An integral part of the exhibition is the contemporary art project. Four emerging Scottish artists were commissioned to introduce creative voices to the exhibition themes and add a contemporary perspective to the rich material. Each artist found their own points of interest and stories which are expressed through the individual projects.
The exhibition opens at the Pathfoot, University of Stirling in March and will tour Aberdeen, Inverness, Edinburgh and Dundee throughout 2012. A satellite exhibition will be at The Royal Society of Medicine, London from July to September 2012. Full details of the exhibition can be found on the Human Race website at www.scotlandandmedicinehumanrace.com
Throughout history we have endeavoured to find better and more effective ways to diagnose, treat and prevent injuries in sport. Today athletes are returning to competition more quickly than ever before and striving for ever increasing personal bests, but at what cost to their bodies? The associated events programme will explore how the history and developments in sport and exercise medicine have impacted on the human body and sporting performances. The programme will include films, workshops, talks and lectures. Film-makers, writers, artists, researchers, academics, practitioners and athletes to discuss and debate some of the accepted ideas of sport as well as more complex and often hidden issues surrounding the culture of sport.
Human Race is an official part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. It is funded by Legacy Trust UK and Creative Scotland National Lottery Fund and is part of The Scottish Project. The Scottish Project is Legacy Trust UK’s programme in Scotland which will create a cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across the country.
Information about the exhibition and events programme is on the Human Race website at www.scotlandandmedicinehumanrace.com. It can also be found on the Facebook page, ‘Human Race: inside the science of sports medicine’or followed on Twitter @HumanRaceUK..
2 MARCH – 13 APRIL
Pathfoot Gallery, University of Stirling & The Peak, Stirling
20 APRIL - 18 MAY
MacRobert Building, University of Aberdeen & Aberdeen Sports Village
25 MAY – 7 JULY
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
21 JULY – 9 SEPTEMBER
City Art Centre, Edinburgh & Royal Commonwealth Pool
21 SEPTEMBER – 10 NOVEMBER
Lamb Gallery, University of Dundee & Institute of Sport and Exercise, University of Dundee