The Betterment Society
2018 Commission Projects, UK
The Cambridge Betterment Society is a fictional group developed by artist Harold Offeh, who was commissioned to respond to the work of world leading Cambridge medical researchers. In turn, Offeh invited three artists: Frederica Agbah, and artist collaborators Jack Scott and Louis-Jack Horton-Stephens, to contribute to the themes within the project. In turn the artists worked with researchers at the University of Cambridge’s new building on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus near Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
The project sought to draw out points of connection and dialogue between the scientific aspirations and the artists’ own approaches, values and ideals. It was an exploration in to how the ideas of ‘betterment’ and ‘care’ inform research methods, thinking and aspirations. Each artist responded to the scientists’ research aims and goals and looked at some of the values and ideals that underpin their research methodologies.
Cambridge Betterment Society Website