Forensics: Anatomy Of Crime – Event Review

Date: 26 February – 21 June 2015

Location: Wellcome Collection, London

Costs: Free

Description: Forensics: Anatomy Of Crime was an exhibition on Forensics work, crime and how people solve cases. There were paintings of fictitious crime scenes, evidence kits, autopsy tables and much more.

My Thoughts: I have an interest in crime, which first bloomed after watching FOX crime drama ‘Bones’ and I was interested in going to this exhibition to see ‘the real deal’ and see if it’s really like what the TV show makes out, and quite a lot of it is, although much more interesting to see in physical form rather than digital and luckily no real dead bodies or living maggots although I do think they had some dead maggots in a jar. . .

I was more interested in the modern stuff and the actual ‘solving the case’ stuff than I was in the fictitious crime scene paintings. There was a real evidence kit which had all the different bottles and scissors and stuff that they use when collecting evidence which I thought was really interesting to see. They had an examiner report which I found really exciting as my favourite character in ‘Bones’ (the TV show I was talking about) is always mentioning them and filling them in, unfortunately and disappointingly along with everything else, this is sealed in a glass container (that’s not the disappointing part) but is placed in such a way that you can’t read what the paper actually says.

They also had an actual post-mortem table which my friend and I at first couldn’t figure out what it was as it looked a lot like a bath – just without any sides – and then I read the plaque and it explained. After I knew what it was I was very interest in it as it was another commonly featured thing on ‘Bones’. Nowadays post-mortem tables tend to be made of metal, but this one was very old so it wasn’t although it did have a drain which is one of the reasons we thought it was a bath.

Another thing that I found very interesting in the exhibition was this book that had previously belonged to a French detective which had pages that were covered in blood stains, and the point of the book was recording how the blood spatter had landed on the surface it was found on and this was supposed to tell the detective the angle and velocity of whatever it was that caused the blood to get there. And I thought it was really interesting and it wasn’t something I’d ever seen before.

I found this exhibition really interesting and insightful. Although it’s horrible to think that people do actually get murdered and people do have to solve the case and find the killers, it’s good to know how people do it and that it’s efficient work.

My Favourite Part: Was seeing how people collect evidence and solve crimes, and the book by the French detective.

Things To Check Out: If you liked the sound of this exhibition then although it’s over now I found two free courses that you might be interested in

–  https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/identifying-the-dead

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/forensic-psychology-3/details

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The Bentlif Open Art Prize 2015 – Event Review

Date: 14 March – 3 May

Location: Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Arts Gallery

Costs: Free

Description: The Bentlif Open Art Prize was an exhibition of art work that was made by local people of Maidstone, not one piece was like another.

A Note: I know that the exhibition started and closed quite awhile ago, but it’s only been recently that I thought of starting this blog, and although within my blog I hope to inspire you to go see, read, watch, or listen to some of the things that I have I feel like this blog is also going to be a way for me to re-live some great memories of things I’ve; seen, read, watched, or listened to.

My Thoughts On The Exhibition: I went to The Bentlif Open Art Prize as part of a project I was doing and to be honest I didn’t really expect to get anything out of it, but I thought I may as well do it for the purposes of my project. I was pleasantly surprised because it was so much better than I thought it was going to be, there were some absolutely beautiful works of art displayed and if I were rich I definitely would have bought some for my bedroom wall. The first time I went, I went with a friend, but it was so good I went a second time – and alone – to really appreciate it in a way you can’t do when you’re with someone else.

The exhibition really inspired me and it showed me all the beauty that there is in the world; beauty that sometimes we don’t notice until someone points it out to us, or that we get used to and over look as we get older. There were also some paintings that highlighted some of the bad stuff that there is in the world, but all paintings were beautiful and unique in their own way.

There were a few paintings that particularly stood out to me and although I don’t have pictures I have the power of words.

There was this beautiful painting by Kay Gretton called ‘Four Seasons’ and as you probably guessed it was a painting of all four seasons in a sequence and all painted in squares, every single season was very beautiful and some had signs of people and dogs and some didn’t. I think the reason it particularly stood out to me is because although sometimes we moan about the season; “it’s too hot!” or “it’s too cold!” I think it’s because we can’t see the season from an ‘outside’ perspective because we live on the inside, but once someone draws or paints that ‘outside’ perspective you see how beautiful nature is during all seasons and how differently beautiful every season is.

Another beautiful painting was by Mandy Broughton and it was called ‘Fisherman At Sunset’ and I remember this one for its detail, it had such a strong detail of the beach, the reflection of the sun on the water, the waves as they kissed the shore, and in the distance you could see this shadowed figure of a fisherman. It was so realistic it gave you the feeling of happiness and content you only get when on the beach. I feel like if you had this on your wall on a boring frustrating day of homework or office work then you would look up at the picture and for a moment forget all the trouble and stress and be completely peaceful.

I really wish I had started this blog sooner so you could have gone to the exhibition yourself and seen the beauty of all the art but it’s a yearly event, so if you live near the area or don’t mind the travel look out for next year’s Bentlif Open Arts Prize.

I didn’t only take away with me all the beautiful memories of the art that was on display but an appreciation for all art and a love for exhibitions and museums I had never had before, maybe it was the art or the way it was set up and presented within the museum or maybe a mixture of both but it was definitely a good use of my time and hey, I got a good blog post out of it, I hope!

My Favourite Part: Was seeing how people still consider making art a good use of one’s time even though there’s so much electronics and media that often distract people nowadays.