One thousand billion reasons to “Mind the Gut”

One thousand billion reasons to "Mind the Gut"

We all know the old adage, that the way to a man heart is through his stomach, well apparently it’s also the way to his brain. In fact all our brains. The Medical Museum in Copenhagen have just secured a prestigious exhibition prize, which they will use to create the exhibition “Mind the Gut”. Considering that their strap line is “The culture of medicine”, we think there must be some intended pun.

Anyway, the ‘Mind the Gut’ exhibition will focus on current biomedical research into the relationship between the brain, stomach and literally trillions of bacteria and other microorganisms that live in our intestines.

It turns out that in the past five years, research has shown that bacteria has a far greater impact on our health and well-being than previously realised. This being the case and in true democratic spirit, the exhibition wants us to ask the question not “who am I?” but “who are we?”

And it therefore follows, or at least this is the thinking from the curators, that ‘Mind the Gut‘ is a break with the traditional narrow didactic and news focused framework for creating space for aesthetic and cultural reflection and space for conversation. That’s a great mantra if you’re looking to impress the ladies at your next dinner party. If this wasn’t already enough, the museum makes the connection between intestinal bacteria and sensuality (must be the brain connection we assume) and intersperse the exhibition with works of art, along with cultural and scientific objects that display the ways we feed the hearing and senses of smell, touch, sight and taste.

To our mind intestines is about food and food is about the kitchen. Reprising our great Kitchen Collection from Christmas, here’s some tools which will keep those thousand billion bacteria bouncing with joy. CultureNordic Kitchen Collection

Image: Nicolai Howalt – Light Break