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: SPLICE: At the Intersection of Arts and Medicine - Tomorrow

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Tomorrow I'll be presenting at one of the SPLICE events co-organized by Blackwood Gallery and the University of Toronto Art Centre, and curated by Nina Czedledy. SPLICE presents a scientific gaze at the human body by showcasing traditional anatomical art, complemented and challenged by contemporary artworks.

Apologies for the late posting. And thanks to Eric for connecting me with the organizers.

The poster is below:


Thursday, November 29, 2012; 7PM

SPLICE: At the Intersection of Arts and Medicine

Round Table: Grasping the Body — data, affect and health

University of Toronto, Bissell Building, 140 St. George Street, Room 728


-- Recalling [our] Angels

Jon Baturin; Associate Professor, Visual Arts, York University

Recalling [our] Angels continuously situates the healthy robust human body against its liminal, deficient, fragile, defective, imperfect and often eviserated component parts. Using visual dichotomies its intent is to create metaphors for conflict. Implicit in these diverse disjunctures is an ongoing obsession with [and distrust] of the vast array of political and cultural control mechanisms including the psycho-social and the socio-political.

Jon Baturin has spent over a decade investigating ideological constructs and the formation of dogmatic systems as they relate to notions of Truth. Research has historically been manifest as artist-in-residence within the academy including diverse international institutions. These include Glasgow School of Art, Artspace (Sydney Australia), Tallinn Art University, Athens School of Art, Banff Centre for Arts, and Tasmania School of Art.

-- Finding [our] Selves

Carlos Rizo; MD PhD (ABD), serial entrepreneur, ePatient, Healer

The rapid growth in wireless communication, physiological sensors and low power integrated circuits has enabled a new generation of amateur scientists: the ‘self-quantifiers’. Systematically this new breed engages to acquire knowledge about their own existence and in the process establish a new baselines, their own. Knowing ourselves through our numbers has never been easier and the connections between self-tracking, self experimentation, the human thought process and our health are just beginning.

After a nearly-fatal accident Carlos has devoted mindspace to understand the intersection between health, technology and people. His research encompasses virtual patient-health provider relationships, remote patient monitoring, empowered-patient networks and self health quantification. With a background in medicine and fellowships on consumer health and eHealth innovation he is now exploring agile entrepreneurship as a pathway to accelerate patient-focused changes in the health system.

-- Producing [whose?] Selves

David J. Phillips; Associate Professor of Information, University of Toronto

While practices of self-monitoring and self-quantification facilitate new understandings of the self, these practices themselves are mediated through corporate, legal, and cultural infrastructures. Agents use particular resources at hand to attempt to fashion these infrastructures, and the selves they mediate, for particular purposes.

David Phillips’ work investigates the political, economic, social and technical configuration of surveillance and ubiquitous computing. His overarching question is whether and how these infrastructures of data exchange and knowledge production can be made amenable to democratic action, non-normative identities and ideals, and queer world-making. His theoretical approach is informed by the political economy of communication, science and technology studies, surveillance studies, queer theory, and performance.
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