The exhibition will include a work by American artist Robert Beck, born in Baltimore, MD, USA. He now lives and works in New York City and far west Texas. The featured work, an image of residual gunpowder created by shooting a sketch pad with a shotgun, is titled '6/20/02 - Shot no.2' 2005. In 2007, to mark a development in his artistic practice, Beck undertook a change in his surname by a single vowel to Robert Buck.
The exhibition contains original evidence, archival material, photographic documentation, film footage, forensic instruments and specimens, and is rich with artworks offering both unsettling and intimate responses to traumatic events. Challenging familiar views of forensic medicine shaped by fictions that came out of the sensational reporting of late Victorian murder cases and popular crime dramas, ‘Forensics' highlights the complex entwining of law and medicine, and the scientific methods it calls upon and creates.
A wide programme of events will accompany the exhibition and a publication of the same name, by crime writer Val McDermid is available (see below).
The exhibition runs from 26 February until 21 June 2015.