Plant Science

Plant Science
London 2013
 

Plant Science

 

The Disposal of 68 Half Moon Lane

The result of a two year collaboration with the Estates Department and The Performance Foundation at Kings College, London, Forster and Heighes created an evocative three room installation in response to the university's abandoned Plant Sciences Department laboratories in Herne Hill. Abandoned now for more than twenty years, 68 Half Moon Lane was a site of great innovation in the teaching of biological sciences and most recently the location of Nobel prize-winning research by the James Black Foundation. Its abandoned laboratories, seminar rooms, lecture theatres, and storerooms still evoke a strong sense of collective endeavour. As a tribute to a remarkable building and an examination of the practice and personalities that inhabited it, Forster and Heighes retold a particular chapter in the history of King's scientific teaching and research through an installation in the mode of an 'auction sale' with accompanying catalogue of lots; bringing the spirit and substance of one of the college's suburban outposts back to the centre of the city and reconnecting it with the contemporary university. PLANT SCIENCE was a meditation on the apparatus of study and learning; an exploration of the performative qualities of the lab bench and workstation as sites of intense scrutiny and discovery and devices for pedagogical exchange and experiment. Glasshouse, green-board, test bench, workstation, fume cupboard, propagation bed, specimen cabinet and fire door - a building distilled to its essential elements, clarified, separated and reconstituted in the neoclassical environment of Somerset House.
Teaching Laboratory
Teaching Laboratory

Teaching at a bench
Teaching at a bench

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PLANT SCIENCE: Catalogue of the remaining contents of the former Plant Science Department Laboratories 68, Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill, London. Including fine mid and late Twentieth Century scientific and teaching apparatus: laboratory benches, propagation beds and glasshouses, door and window furniture safety apparatus, carpeting, signage, office equipment, garden maintenance equipment, green boards, white boards , light fittings an miscellaneous items. Pre-sale viewing at The Inigo Rooms, Somerset House, London 16th May - 11 July 2013. Admission free.
Lot 2713 Immaculate selection of door signs £20-25
Lot 2713 Immaculate selection of door signs £20-25
Lot 2515 Elegant decontamination shower £250-300
Lot 2515 Elegant decontamination shower £250-300
Lot 2711 RS security key cabinet - no reserve
Lot 2711 RS security key cabinet - no reserve

Lot 2903 Burkle glassware drying rack £85-95
Lot 2903 Burkle glassware drying rack £85-95
Lot 2710 Ricoh
Lot 2710 Ricoh 'Ricomac' 1620 desktop calculator £15-20
Lot 2513 A striking pair of vintage fire buckets £100-150
Lot 2513 A striking pair of vintage fire buckets £100-150

Lot 2906 An arresting laboratory fire door £100-120
Lot 2906 An arresting laboratory fire door £100-120
Lot 2502 Complete set of Sekur Perelli panoramic face mask respirator £300-400
Lot 2502 Complete set of Sekur Perelli panoramic face mask respirator £300-400
Lot 2802 A quantity of pea shingle and vermiculite £10-15
Lot 2802 A quantity of pea shingle and vermiculite £10-15

Glasshouse
Glasshouse
Glasshouse in original location, Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill
Glasshouse in original location, Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill
Propagation bed & cactus Cumulopuntia boliviana
Propagation bed & cactus Cumulopuntia boliviana


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Plant Science was supported by King's Cultural Institute, The Performance Foundation, and The University of Roehampton.