‘Mouthy: into the orifice’ art exhibition launches in London

Beatrice Haines has created Terminal Sulcus, a sculpture made of tongue casts for the Mouthy season

Mouthy: into the orifice is a new art exhibition that explores the hidden world inside the mouth.

Created in collaboration with dental researchers from King’s College London, Mouthy: into the orifice brings together a range of projects including:

  • Spit Crystal – Inés Cámara Leret is asking visitors to contribute their saliva to help create a collective spit crystal
  • Terminal Sulcus – Beatrice Haines has created a large tongue sculpture made of tongue casts and is asking visitors to offer their tongue to be cast
  • Saliva Moon – Briony Clarke will turn visitors spit into lunar landscapes
  • Kiss Culture – a selection of plates that were kissed, incubated allowing natural flora to grow and then photographed.
(L-R) Beatrice Haines, Inés Cámara Leret and Briony Clarke all contributed to the Mouthy season

‘The mouth is one of those parts of the body you don’t necessarily think about that much, but you use it every day,’ Jen Wong, head of programming at the Science Gallery London, said.

‘It’s really essential for very basic functions but you never reflect on your mouth and you never think about it in new ways.

‘What we’re trying to do with this Mouthy season is bring together scientists and artists to give you a different perspective on the mouth.’

Surprise pop-up locations

Inés Cámara Leret has created a crystal made from human saliva

Mouthy: into the orifice was launched in a disused railway tunnel in London Bridge earlier this week.

After this there will be lots more pop-up events in surprise locations around London Bridge during a Mouthy season, running from September to November, with July’s focus being on saliva, magnifying it and investing its properties.

‘I’m so excited to see the results from the intriguing collaborations that have evolved through the open call and conversations with researchers and students at King’s College London,’ Daniel Glaser, director of Science Gallery London, said before the launch.

Kiss Culture – a selection of plates that were kissed, incubated allowing natural flora to grow and then photographed

‘The event will give a taster of what’s to come and offers a chance to contribute bits of your own mouth to the season.’

For more information and to find out where the next event will be visit london.sciencegallery.com/mouthy.


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