The Glucksman Gallery at UCC launched its newest exhibition, Circadian Rhythms, on Saturday
2 August. In conjunction with the SFI research body APC Microbiome Ireland, the exhibition
focuses on the interaction between the human microbiome— the microorganisms that live inside
the human body— and the body’s internal sense of time, or “internal clock”.
The Glucksman Gallery is a contemporary art museum on UCC’s main campus, often
collaborating with UCC bodies. Circadian Rhythms was held in conjunction with the SFI
research body APC Microbiome, located in UCC.
Curated by Chris Clarke and Fiona Kearney, the exhibition features Irish and international artists
drawing on the themes of time, schedule, and working life. In addition to pieces by several
established artists, there will also be an interactive educational area, created by APC
Microbiome. Featured artists include performance artist Tehching Hsieh, and Dutch designer
Maarten Baas, with a 12-hour film that functions as a real-time clock.
“We are delighted to showcase the ideas and world-class research of our colleagues in APC
Microbiome Ireland through the imaginative work of contemporary Irish and international artists,”
said Fiona Kearney, director of the Glucksman Museum. “Art and science are linked through
creativity, observation and experimentation and this exhibition will give people an opportunity to
reflect on how daily and seasonal changes impact the everyday rhythms of our lives.”
APC Microbiome specialises in the study of the microbiome of the gut, and how it interacts with
human health in all regards, while UCC researchers have previously implicated a link between
the gut microbiome and mental health.
"The microbiome itself has a circadian pattern of activity and sends signals to the human host
which help to keep our own circadian clock ticking in perfect time,” said Professor Paul Ross,
Director, APC Microbiome Ireland SFI Research Centre.
“Poor diet can disrupt the microbiome and this finely balanced circadian synchronicity and
increase the risk for development of cardio-metabolic diseases. We are delighted to have
another opportunity to work with the Glucksman creating this innovative platform to
communicate APC research.”
The exhibition can be viewed for free and runs until November 3.