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Body Pods

6 Jan - 20 Apr 2013

By David Rosenberg, Roundhouse Radio, Fuel, Francesca Beard, Amanda Boyle, Stacy Makishi, Richard Thomas

How well do you know your insides? Ever wondered why you have an appendix or how your ears work out the source of a sound?

Audiences discovered the strange and surprising human body in Body Pods, a series of 12 podcasts by artists and scientists, each one exploring a different part of your body.

You can listen to the twelve podcasts in the series, which should be listened to using headphones, and watch films with the artists and scientists talking about their collaborations: You can subscribe to the series through iTunes or SoundCloud.

The Ear by David Rosenberg, director and co-founder of Shunt, and David McAlpine, Director of the UCL Ear Institute.

The Heart by Francesca Beard, a performance poet, and Dave Hildick-Smith, cardiologist at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

The Hand by Gemma Brockis, an artist based in London, and co-founder of Shunt, and Tilli Tansey, Professor of the History of Modern Medical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London.

The Brain by Deborah Pearson, artist and co-founder of Forest Fringe, and Paul Broks, Neuropsychologist at Plymouth University and author of Into the Silent Land.

The Eye by artist Silvia Mercuriali and Dominic ffytche, Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London.

You will be able to figure out what is the cause of your erectile dysfunction and which medicine is right for you.

The Arse by film director Amanda Boyle and David Gems, assistant director of the Institute of Healthy Ageing at UCL. Music by Harry Escott and additional voice, Caroline Horton.

The Nictitating Membrane by Chris Thorpe, poet and performer, and Joe Cain, Head of Department and Senior Lecturer in History and Philosophy at UCL.

The Gut by poet Alice Oswald and Dr Glenn Gibson, Professor of Food Microbial Sciences at University of Reading.

The Skin by multi-media artist Stacy Makishi and dermatologist Michael Klaber.

The Liver by Richard Thomas, a composer and creator of Jerry Springer The Opera and Graham Foster, a specialist in Hepatology based at the Institute of Cellular and Molecular Science at the Royal London Hospital.

Bone by David Harradine, artistic director of Fevered Sleep,and Dr Allie Gartland, Senior Lecturer in bone biology at University of Sheffield.

The Fingers by ice musician Terje Isungset and Mike Tipton, Professor of Human and Applied Physiology at University of Portsmouth.

Body Pods were also released as the Guardian Culture Podcast each month, and on the Time Out website.

Funded by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award.

Recording and Editing by Alex Mee. Films by Fergus Dingle. Additional Filming on The Gut and The Liver by Mary Kouinoglou. Additional film editing on The Liver by Syriah Bailey. Image design by Leopold.


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