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The Horror in Clay

Rosalind McLachlan and Toby Phips Lloyd

René Descartes - The Pineal Gland. Illustration by Gerard van Gutschoven (1644)

Rosalind and Toby are both interested in consciousness, interpretation of the self and the concept of the soul. Both see their work as a research practice, sourcing ideas from science and folklore to make artworks. For Connecting Principle, the two artists are collaborating for the first time and are focusing on the function of the pineal gland. Descartes, who famously said Cogito ergo sum (I think, therefore I am), believed that the soul was located in the pineal gland at the centre of the human brain.

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Wolfgang Weileder
Fine Art, School of Arts and Cultures
Tel: 0191 261 2962

Toby Lloyd
Fine Art, School of Arts and Cultures

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, NE1 7RU
Culture Lab forms part of an evolving network of artists, researchers and scientists 
  at Newcastle University looking at new ways of working across traditional academic