Messages in the dustBMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.6999.268 (Published 22 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:268
- Lynne Low
You know that inadequate feeling you get when, wandering through an art gallery, you cannot decide whether the everyday object is an exhibit or, well, an everyday object? This hit me with particular force at Care and Control when I was confronted with plaster casts of a month's supply of the tinned drink Nutriment, placed in three neat rows in a drugs trolley.
It was reinforced by the fact that Rear Window, the art charity which specialises in site specific installations in disused buildings, has chosen to mount this exhibition in the emptied out ward of Block A, Hackney Hospital, east London, to mark its closure and imminent demolition after 270 years of service. Hackney Hospital is an untidy mix of …