Science Culture24/7: Seismic stations, liposuction fat and insect eating for April 2013

By Ben Miller | 02 April 2013

Teeth, insects and steel are a few of the visitors to galleries in Science and Nature this month. And as the days lengthen, there are two good excuses to explore the great outdoors in Shropshire and Suffolk...

A black and white photo of a kind of white castle above an arid rocky landscape
Sebastião Salgado, Iceberg Between Paulet Island and the South Shetland Islands on the Weddell Sea. Antarctic Peninsula (2005)© Sebastião Salgado / Amazonas Images / nbpictures
Beneath and Beyond, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

Try as they might, few exhibitions make the earth move. But Glasgow installation artist Stephen Hurrell’s rumbles and groans – caused by 50 seismic stations across the world, monitored from the gallery – could do just that. Read our Preview.

Wasted, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry

Canopé fills an art deco chair with the wax of human fat processed during liposuction. Trophies uses human bones. And at the centre of Gina Czarnecki’s exploration of discarded body parts, Palaces is a glistening sculpture made from more than 1,000 milk teeth.

Rustless: The Harry Brearley Story; Stay Bright Keep Bright: The Impact of Stainless Steel on Everyday Life, Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield

Harry Brearley was the man who created “rustless steel” in pre-World War I Britain. Find out how he did it with this display of revelatory scientific documents, featuring the lab report on the moment he made his brilliant breakthrough.

Sebastião Salgado: Genesis, Natural History Museum, London, from April 11

When, at the age of 60, Sebastião Salgado embarked on Genesis more than a decade ago, his aim was to show nature at its most unblemished. Take a trip to northern Siberia, among other corners of the earth, and reconnect yourself with the planet at its most magnificent.

Pestival, Wellcome Collection, London, from April 16

International Insect Arts Festival, anyone? The Wellcome pursues the theme with typical scrupulousness, including a couple of culinary highlights: Susana Soares’ installation proposes an insect diet as a solution to global consumption issues, and Chef Benedict Reade promises to make the indigestible digestible.

Deepdale Outdoor and Wildlife Festival, Suffolk, April 20-21

Part of the worldwide Earthday 2013, the inaugural edition of this weekend salute to north Norfolk’s beautiful coastline features a bike to the beach, chainsaw carving and bungee trampolines. It's all set within wandering distance of salt marshes and footpaths to the shore.

Stream, Jackfield Tile Museum, Ironbridge, from April 26

Most of us are aware of the beauty of the industrial history-steeped Industrial Gorge in Shropshire. In his new exhibition, artist-in-residence Luce Choules has worked with volunteers to explore the geographical and geological stories behind its age-old monuments and landscapes.
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