Christine Borland is an artist and BALTIC Professor of Art, Northumbria University, Newcastle. She is a graduate of the Environmental Art Department, Glasgow School of Art and was a Turner Prize Nominee. Christine’s work is currently exhibited in the ‘Eyes on the Prize’ Exhibition, Travelling Gallery, touring around Scotland and at GOMA, Glasgow in the exhibition ‘ Devil’s in the Making’.
Through her research in laboratories, scientific and medical institutions, Christine Borland has rendered visible people and practices which are usually inaccessible to a general public. Her works foreground historical and contemporary scientific research and methods, while freeing their metaphorical associations by introducing the imaginary, the aesthetic and poetic.
Over the past few years Borland has worked in close collaboration with medical schools, developing her particular interest in the use of 'simulated patients'; both actors who undertake role-plays with the students, and programmable, interactive, life-sized patient manikins. A recent project 'Cast From Nature' explored the historical and contemporary performative relationship between medical professionals, their patients and subjects. A current international collaboration 'Circles of Focus' with artist Brody Condon, explores the dynamic of the anatomy dissection theatre and the potential for performance and role-play in this context.