Artists in Residence, Joanna Hopkins and Siobhan McGibbon, were based in the Laboratories at the Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM) at the National University of Ireland, Galway. These residencies were funded through the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Discover Programme. Following six months in residence, the artists exhibited their work at the Galway City Museum, October to December 2015.

Investigating the theme of empathy, Joanna Hopkins presented a series of multimedia works. Exploring the areas of the brain believed to be responsible for empathy in human beings, one of which is the Supramarginal Gyrus, Hopkins developed installations based on her investigation into neurons in the research labs at CÚRAM. Through a series of drawings, video and interactive installations, Hopkins explored our evolving world of multiple 'Touch-screen' video devices.

Siobhan McGibbon presented a complex and hypothetical narrative concerning the creation of a future human species that incorporated the superior biological elements of tadpoles and zebra fish. The works were created collaboratively with the scientists in CÚRAM utilising the scientific processes and materials used in the development of medical devices. The works functioned as an assemblage of interconnected ideas explored during the artist’s engagement with the research groups in CÚRAM.