Event Details

  • When: Monday, 06 March 2017
  • 8pm on Monday 6 March in Ruskin Hall

    Tickets are £8 / £5 concessions in advance or on the door.


Concealed Beauty of the Human Heart

Concealed Beauty of the Human Heart

An illustrated talk by Philip Kilner, MD PhD at 8pm in Ruskin Hall

Philip is a heart imaging specialist who now coordinates studies in Goethean Science at Emerson College. He will describe how, 36 years ago, having qualified in medicine and being aware of Rudolf Steiner's remarks on heart function, he became captivated by questions of heart form in relation to flow while studying sculpture and Flowform design with John Wilkes at Emerson College.

Our hearts move rhythmically, day and night, life long – here in our chests and essential to life, but concealed. In this talk, Philip will show the examples of rhythmic flow in relation to shaped cavities that led to his contact and collaboration with a heart surgeon, funded by the British Heart Foundation. This has been followed by nearly 30 years of work in a pioneering unit for cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMRI) at Royal Brompton Hospital in London.

Throughout this work, Philip has tried to apply an open minded, perceptive approach to inquiry as practiced and described by Goethe. He aims to convey something of his own growing sense of wonder at the structural-functional elegance of the living instrument that we so easily take for granted.