‘My field’ is a bit difficult to determine. I work in exhibitions, events and public programmes, but with the topics of medicine and science and their links to art and life. We are opening a new public venue - The Wellcome Collection - in June that will host our work in this area. So, being flippant I’d say eBay, Google, laminated optiwhite glass and cordless microphones have been pretty important.
In the world of science and medicine, from my perspective x-rays have always seemed pretty extraordinary in enabling scientists to picture the structure of the body while it is still alive, and for opening up the idea (important for our general culture as well as medicine) that we can understand the body in a visual way by extending our eyes with technological innovations.
Ken Arnold is head of public programmes at Wellcome Trust, where he is currently overseeing the establishment of a new cultural venue, Wellcome Collection, opening in June 2007. He is author of Cabinets for the Curious (buy this book from Amazon(UK)).