September 13th - 15th, 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.
Opening: Thursday 13 September 2012 at 20h00
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.
Curated by Ann Van de Velde and Pascale Pollier
Rachael Allen (Medical Artist, UK)
Johan Borghys (Poet, B)
Adriaan Van Looy (Consultant-Creative-Concept & Art, B)
Marco Cools (Graphic Artist, B)
Maria Lucia Cruz Correira (Artist, PT)
Anna Fyrsten (Graphic Artist, SE)
Bryan Green (Sculptor and Poet, UK)
Stefanie Lenk (Medical Artist, UK)
Caroline Hübner (Artist, B)
Bert Leysen (Medical Doctor, B)
Willem Magits (Philosophy Student, B)
Chantal Pollier (Sculptor, B)
Pascale Pollier-Green (Medical Artist, B)
Sofie van Crimpen (Sculptor, NL)
Ann Van de Velde ‘Sanguine’ (Medical Artist, B)
With special thanks to Bea Theunis, Pharmacist UZA and Marc Van Laeken, Technician UA
Maria Lucia Cruz Correia (PT)
Ecology of Diseases, 2012
Performance action with boxes of medicine, a chair and a baxter.
A powerful confrontation in the context of medical art.
The graphical work is presented in the context of a research program in APASS. It a research that approaches the city space as a living body seeking for our attention: a metaphorical diagnosis and scanning of functionality on its internal metabolism, a vulnerable body that needs to be restored, cured and changed. Rethinking the space, as a living organism is an intuitive approach, which involves a deep rethink: on the past, current and future social and political relation between Human and Nature, a space diagnosis and its symbiotic mutual relation. It is a poetic and symbolic exercise, which proposes the illness of the space as a metaphor, a reveal of spatial malfunctions, disabilities and failing organs. Addressing the space as a living body involves a methodology: trying to understand how viral systems spread in grounds of hidden invasion, infiltration and collapse. A decode of systems that underline city as a system of progress, economic profits and political empowerment in confrontation with reflective systems of sustainability, community and corporative. The following experiments and metaphors proposes an understanding on systems that control the cycling of elements that underlines the impact of cities on earth: physical, biological, anatomical.
Background of the work as an artist:
Maria Lucia is based in Belgium and works in the context of performance art, science and activism. Her central premise as an artist is the consciousness and awareness of organic appropriation from all living species cohabiting and living on earth. Maria Lucia presents her installations, as living laboratories that relates the weakness of humanity to a complex layering of nature’s politics. Therefore she combines the impact of human interference within natural processes, which reveals the cataclysm of nature and its natural resistance against humanity. Her work is an extended metaphor of a holistic perception of earth and it can be accessed as a manifestation of our sub conscience, as a collective human reflection.
Bryan Green (UK)
we swallow the past
devouring writings and sayings to make us better
we bring them up at odd moments in our lives
like undigested pills
we will try anything to survive
we turn to ancient memories and modern science
myths and medicines
taken in good faith
with humour if possible
never knowing on what the truth feeds
then men of seeds
- Bryan Green (Moodist)
Tesla's Angst, A Tragedy of Errors, 2012
MSc Medical Art dissertation work at the University of Dundee focused on the design, layout and printing / online publication of a 120 page public information booklet and website for the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh. Other graphic design oriented projects in the arena of anatomy/medicine include a public information museum flipbook on conjoined twins, and a booklet layout on ocular muscle anatomy and movement.
Hoe vang ik een beeld, over vorm en vrijheid, 2012
70 x 80 x 190 cm
"Het werk dat te zien zal zijn is ontstaan vanuit de vraag hoe vang ik een beeld? Daarmee ben ik heel fysiek te werk gegaan. Het materiaal, wol met gips is al doende ontstaan net zoals de werkwijze en de vormgeving. De gestapelde werken heb ik gevormd door de wol en de plaaster vast te houden. Met mijn lichaam als armatuur heb ik ze structuur gegeven.
Ik heb ook een beeld in klei geboetseerd en daar afgietsels van gebruikt. Al de delen van die figuur heb ik opnieuw gebruikt en herhaald tot een volledig nieuw werk. Zo was ik in staat zowel de binnen als de buitenvormen van de afgietsels te gebruiken, hierdoor komen positief en negatief door elkaar heen te liggen.
Waar er bij de gestapelde werken alleen negatieve ruimte overblijft heb ik in het andere werk juist het omgekeerde gedaan. Het vertrekpunt van een positieve vorm die veel lege ruimte omvat."
Chemische kruimels, 2012
7. Kaju..(Anacardium occidentale) – bark, apple, shell oil and seed. Uses...In leprosy, ringworm, corns, obstinate ulcers, scurny, diarrhoea, uterine complaints, dropsy, neuralgic pains, rheumatisms, elephantiasis, the seed oil is an excellent emollient and used in gastroenteritis. 2012, Pencil on paper, 32 x 42 cm
54. Marotha..(Terminalia cordifolia) – entire plant. Uses.. Rheumatism, urinary disease, dyspepsia, general debility, syphilis, biliousness, fever, piles, bronchitis, spermatorrhoea, impotence, jaundice, turpidity of liver and for fractures. 2012, Pencil on paper, 32 x 42 cm
Miniature rat operating table will gesture the rigorous animal testing performed on modern pharmaceuticals before licenced for human use.
Untitled (rat operating table)
2012, Mixed media, 2 x 3 x 3 cm, on small table top plinth: 15 x 15 x 30 cm
Currently artist in residence at Newcastle, Northumbria and Durham University anatomy labs, the artist is orchestrating various projects exploring the role of visual art in anatomy and medical pedagogy, whilst also situating her practice within the Medical Humanities nationwide.
Nepenthe, quells all sorrows with forgetfulness. 24 days, 2012
Golden L-Pill, 2012
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 times of rest and sleep - the night - have been replaced with infinite possibilities of recreation and communication. We are expected being updated and available non stop and when time isn’t enough for everything that we want to do, we simply “save in” time by sleeping less, despite the fact that sleep and dreaming renew and prepare our bodies for the life we live. Not even our children, those who need their sleep to grow and evolve, to learn and develop, get sufficient amount of sleep nowadays. More people than ever claim having sleeping problems, and diagnosis for behavioral disorders such as ADHD is on the rise, all linked to the aforementioned topics.
"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 these aspects in my research and final project.
Research was done through scientific articles and interviews with people who have a personal experience of insomnia and sleep related disorders.
Conclusions as well as questions have risen during the project, and I hope them to be perceived as such - to make a way for one’s own reflections and to create an active consciousness of the topic."
Delirious sanctuary, 2012
60 x 80 cm (3x)
Highlights AMSC 2012 Symposium (Language: English)
Thursday 13 September - Building R (Aula R1)
14h45: Lecture BIOMAB - Symbiosis of Art and Science
15h00: Lecture Prof Jorens - The Story of Adam and Eve
Friday 14 September
09h00: Poster Presentations Part I (Building S)
14h00: Lecture Prof Zul Mirza - Chest Trauma (Aula R2)
20h00: Dinner with all registered participants (Bourla, Antwerp)
15 euro pp
Saturday 15 September
09h00: Poster Presentations Part II (Building S)
14h00: Oral Presentations (UZA, Aula Kinsbergen)
Het Chirurgisch Geval (Language: Dutch)
Friday 14 September 2012, 15h30 - 19h00 (Aula S1)
19h00: Reception in Room V1