Breathe: Turner Updated

Tuesday 16th October 2012, 14:00 - 16:00 Committee Room 14, House of Commons

A talk by the renowned artist Dryden Goodwin hosted by the Environmental Audit Committee and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

This seminar highlighted the effects and the artistic depiction of invisible air pollution. Famously, artists, including Monet and Turner, have painted the effects of air pollution over the Thames. In this event, chaired by Joan Walley, MP, Chair of the EAC, internationally acclaimed artist Dryden Goodwin explored his new work entitled Breathe, a large scale video projection on the roof of St Thomas’ Hospital, opposite the House of Commons. The Breathe video projection took place at night during 8th to 28th October 2012. Goodwin’s exhibitions include a National Portrait Gallery commission of Sir Steve Redgrave, Tate Modern and the Venice Biennial. His exquisite line drawings of staff on the Jubilee Line were widely admired when shown throughout the London Underground.

'Breathe' by Dryden Goodwin - Video documentation from Dryden Goodwin on Vimeo.

Goodwin’s scientific collaborator Professor Frank Kelly, King’s College London who chairs COMEAP, the Government medical advisory committee on air pollutants, discussed the effects of air pollution on children’s health. Professor Kelly leads the EXHALE study which is investigating the implications of the Low Emission Zone on the lung health of 8 year olds in East London, funded by the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London.

Turner Updated is part of Invisible Breath a project exploring air pollution and breathing by Invisible Dust supported by The Wellcome Trust, Arts Council England, King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.


2.00pm Chair's Introduction
Joan Walley MP, Chair of Environmental Audit Select Committee - Audio (MP3 5.39 MB)

2.05pm Professor Frank Kelly - Audio (MP3 16.36 MB)

2.30pm Dryden Goodwin - Audio (MP3 16.71 MB)

3.00pm Question and Answer Session - Audio part 1 (MP3 13.11 MB) Audio part 2 (MP3 17.34 MB)

3.30pm Chair's closing remarks - Audio

All images courtesy of Breathe, House of Commons talk, produced by Invisible Dust, photo Nina Manandhar