Leah Clements
Tuesday 8 December – 12am

For Chisenhale Gallery's 21st Century events programme Leah Clements presents a new work that builds on her research into empathy and intimacy. Clements’ work adapts methods from psychotherapy, group and couples therapy, and personality tests, to create subtle disruptions and forge new relations between individuals and within groups.

For this new work, Clements looks at the scientific phenomena of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy and quantum entanglement. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy or 'broken heart syndrome' is a medical condition in which intense emotional or physical stress – most commonly bereavement – can lead to rapid and severe heart muscle weakness, causing the heart’s left ventricle to change shape. Quantum entanglement is a physical phenomenon that occurs at molecular level, where two spatially separate particles form a special connection and act and react in unison.

For this event, Clements is in conversation with two specialists who will meet for the first time to discuss potential correlations between these two very different subjects. Sian Harding is Professor of Cardiac Pharmacology at the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College, London and is currently carrying out research on Takotsubo cardiomyopathy. Simone Severini is Reader in Physics of Information at University College London, and is currently researching the potential for communication in quantum entanglement.

Clements is interested in the phenomena of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy and quantum entanglement as manifestations of the inexplicable or the incomplete, located within scientific enquiry. Both present situations in which the self-other boundary becomes physically blurred: when two individual particles act as one, or when the emotional experience of losing someone close to you is manifested physically. These two fields of research have no scientific connection, but sit beside one another in this specially convened discussion.

An online element of Clements' work is available to view here.

Leah Clements (b.1989, UK) lives and works in London. She graduated from Goldsmiths College in 2013. Recent exhibitions and events include The Empath Project, Open School East, London (2015 - ongoing); You Promised Me Poems, Vitrine, London (2015); Enclosures, Canal, London; The Day Job, Hoxton Basement, London (both 2014); Show, But Also Tell, King’s College Anatomy Museum, London (2014); Thirteen Video Art Festival, Stockholm (2013); LUPA 18, LUPA, London (2013); Innit, 68m2 Copenhagen (2013).

Chisenhale Gallery’s 21st Century programme 2015-16 is supported by
Marie and Joe Donnelly.

With a special thanks to: Dr. Michael Banissey, Olivier Castel, Cristina Cioffi, Isabel Denny, Mike Ditchburn, Rose de Lara, Prof. Sian Harding, Zoe Large, Molly Richards, Anna Sebastian, Santa Sabule and Dr. Simone Severini.

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