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University of Antwerp, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
University of Antwerp, Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences
Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp / School of Arts - AP University College
Royal Academy of Fine Arts Ghent / School of Arts - University College Ghent
Haute école des arts du Rhin - HEAR, Didactique visuelle (F)
University of the Arts London - UAL (UK)
Medical Artists' Education Trust - MAET (UK)
University of Dundee, Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (UK)

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July 15, 2012

PHARMACOPOEIA the art of popping pills - 3th Medical Art Meeting and Exhibition GDA2012


September 13th - 15th, 2012

3th Medical Art Meeting and Exhibition, Antwerp Medical Days 2012
the art of popping pills

Organized by the Art Researches Science (ARS) program, the Biological and Medical Art in Belgium group (BIOMAB) and the European Medical Students' Association (EMSA) of Antwerp, this meeting offers a meaningful exchange among scientists, artists, and medical artists teaching Art and Science to a new generation of students, encouraging open discussions between scientists and artists and the opportunity for a real dialogue about experiences and visions central to their work.

Open for applications until September 1th, 2012

"Uncovering the secrets of the apothecary’s ancient book, the Pharmacopoeia and discovering transformative elixirs we never believed could exist."
Art work by Anneke Blennerhassett, 2011

University of Antwerp, Campus Drie Eiken
Universiteitsplein 1 - 2610 Antwerpen (Wilrijk)
Building Q (Aula Building), Room V2 (Parking P3 and P4)
Public transport: Bus 17, 21, 25, 31, 130, 135, 140 and 141
Bus 17 from Antwerp Central Station; Bus 31 from Antwerp-Berchem Station

Opening: Thursday 13 September 2012 at 20h00
Presentations: Friday 14 and Saturday 15 September 2012 from 09h00 to 17h00
We are pleased that this meeting and exhibition organized by the Art Researches Science - ARS program, the Biological and Medical Art in Belgium group (BIOMAB) and the European Medical Students' Association (EMSA) of Antwerp is convened for the third time during the Antwerp Medical Days at the University of Antwerp, bringing together representatives from a wide variety of disciplines.

The topic for the Antwerp Medical Days 2012 is ‘Farmacology: Doctor, why are we popping pills.’

The art work represented in the Q building, room V2 on the UA Campus Drie Eiken ‘PHARMACOPOEIA the art of popping pills’ is research based, observing and inspired by the human body in all its diversity; life and nature in all its beauty, strength, fragility, disease, mortality and death.

This scientific meeting and medical art exhibition offers a platform for future networks, workshops and co-productions between young artists, medical artists and scientists. It will also act as an opportunity for regional and local initiatives to be reinforced through trans-continental forum of ideas.

We wish all participants an exciting time in Antwerp and hope that these three Medical Days will be productive and successful for the arts and the sciences.

Pascale Pollier-Green, biomedical artist and president BIOMAB vzw
Claartje Macken, president Antwerp Medical Students’ Congress AMSC 2012
Ann Van de Velde, hematologist, BIOMAB vzw
Francis Van Glabbeek, orthopedic surgeon, BIOMAB vzw
Website: BIOMAB

Artists & Works (in Progress)
Johan Borghys (B) en Adriaan Van Looy (B) 
Aambeien en zetpillen

Poëzie en geneeskunde, twee disciplines die ogenschijnlijk niets met elkaar te maken hebben, worden samengebracht in een dichtbundel die het menselijk lichaam als inspiratiebron gebruikt. Deze wordt uitgebracht door Uitgeverij P (gespecialiseerd in poëzie) in september 2012 en wordt voorgesteld op de volgende boekenbeurs in Antwerpen en op 23 september in het Guislainmuseum in Gent. Het concept van de bundel is een doktersvoorschriftenboekje, waarbij telkens een andere arts één gedicht voorschrijft. De gedichten kenmerken zich door een compacte en humoristische stijl.

 Bryan Green (UK) 

Pascale Pollier (B) 

Tesla's Angst,  A Tragedy of Errors

 Sofie van Crimpen (NL)

Hoe vang ik een beeld, over vorm en vrijheid

70 x 80 x 190 cm

Willem Magits (B)

Chemische kruimels

Chemische kruimels
Om lijd en leven te verzachten.
Geef ze tijd, want zover ik weet, staat
Er alles en niets te wachten.

De ingecapsuleerde redder,
De huurling op voorschrift,
Verslaat de vijand,
Maar laat in blinde doelmatigheid,
Zijn schepper en meester,
Niet altijd ongeschonden.

Het ritmische geluid
Van de weg naar geforceerde gezondheid.
Deksel, schud, slik, deksel.
Deksel, schud, slik, deksel.

Polychrome regen uit een potje
Sijpelt druppel per druppel
Mijn zieke lichaam door
Als een baxter-Ganghes
Een bruistablet-geiser,
Een geneeskundige hagelbui.

Een routineuze consumptie
Van chemische kruimels
Van Hippocrates’ bord geveegd,
Balancerend op de grenzen,
Van zijn eeuwenoude Eed.

Rachael Allen (UK) 

Miniature monochrome pencil drawings of medicinal plants will explore mythical cures and remedies, past and present.

Miniature pharmacology equipment (small animal operating table) will gesture the rigorous animal testing performed on modern pharmaceuticals before licenced for human use.

Mandrake for Insomnia, 2012, pencil on paper, 8 x 10cm

 Marco Cools (B)


 Chantal Pollier (B)

Bert Leysen (B)

Ars medica

Een dichter is – hopelijk – goed met taal
Zijn passie is het schrijven van gedichten
Maar leef je daarvan? (Leven zijn kinderen daarvan?)
Zijn job is verbeter- en vertaalwerk
Teksten van anderen omzetten volgens de regels van de kunst
Nu, dat geeft leven

Een dokter is hopelijk goed in staat
Dode cijfers uit boeken tot leven te wekken met gevoel en
Emoties te beschrijven met wetenschappelijke precisie
Is zo iemand dan geen dichter?
Een poëet, een doener, een maker?
Een vakman met oog voor afwerking?

Zijn job is het opmerken van afwijkingen
In het levensverhaal van de patiënt
In het medisch hoofdstuk, maar ook in genoeg andere
Detecteert hij een spelfout, of een rare stijl,
Dan bespreekt hij die met zijn broodheer
Goede raad en wijze woorden volgen

Maar er blijft het inzicht
Dat de mens zichzelf wil schrijven.

Anna Fyrsten (S)


Master project
Graphic Design 2011-2012
Promotor: Tilde van Uytven,
Copromotor: Spank Moons
Koninklijke Academie voor
Schone Kunsten Antwerpen

In a society that requires more and more of us, we sleep less and less. We solve our worries by consuming, covering up the visual marks with beauty products, and medicals for the mind to get its needed share of rest. Yet, the best in life is free - we only need to realize it.
We now live in a 24-hour society where the natural time of rest and sleep - the night - has been replaced with infinite possibilities of recreation and communication. We are expected to be updated and available more or less non stop and when time isn’t enough for everything we want to do, we simply “save in” time by sleeping less, despite the fact that sleep and dreaming renews and prepares our bodies for the life we live. Not even our children, those who needs their sleep to grow and evolve, to learn and develop, gets the sufficient amount of sleep nowadays. More people than ever claims to be having sleeping problems, and diagnosis for behavioural disorders such as adhd are on the rise, all linked to the aforementioned topics.

The project consists of three parts:
Photographic work of interpreted dreams, landscapes and figures.
Typographic posters to inform and make aware.
A magazine consisting of the two above, with a more educative approach where interviews are a large part of the content.

"My project is about promoting a greater awareness of the benefits and the risks of sleep and no sleep, where the artistic aspect is to show how peaceful and beautiful it can be to dream. The body and the mind as a unit - sleep as the physical function of rest, dreaming as the equivalent for the development and recovery of our brain - I have included both aspects in my research and project.
Research through scientific news articles, and interviews with people who has a personal experience of insomnia and sleep related disorders. Gathered information has then been treated for an easy access to the information given.
To show a nights sleep I have structured up the magazine following the rhythm of the sleep pattern, where the content corresponds with the different stages.
For the photographs I have worked with manual
filters, to create a dreamlike atmosphere.
The emphasis for the posters is to communicate clearly, regarding information given as well as layout. Additionally, for the project to be able to travel outside the walls of the Academy, I have set up a homepage, where the work will be available after the jury.
Conclusions as well as questions has arisen during the project, and I hope for it to be perceived as such also - to make a way for one’s own reflections and to create an active consciousness over the topic."

Ann Van de Velde (B)

Not a Children's World

werk gemaakt door leerling Steinerschool Lier

Interessante voordrachten op de GDA 2012

Het Chirurgisch Geval
Vrijdag 14 september 2012, 15u30 - 19u00

Afterwards drink with colleagues-artists in Room V1

1 comment:

  1. Zonet gelezen en KAVA staat ook voor Koninklijke Apothekers Vereniging Antwerpen: