Symposium - The Romantic Disease: An Art and Science Investigation of TB
Monday, March 24, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM (GMT)
Brentford, United Kingdom
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
"The Romantic Disease: An Artistic Investigation of Tuberculosis" exhibition by Anna Dumitriu will culminate in a fascinating and accessible multidisciplinary symposium on World TB day 2014 bringing together the project team and advisers to tell stories of their own relationships to the disease across art, science, ethics and healthcare, with opportunities for debate and discussion.
10:30 Registration and coffee
11:00 Introduction by Irini Papadimitriou (curator of the exhibition).
11:10 Anna Dumitriu (Artist who created “The Romantic Disease: An Artistic Investigation of Tuberculosis) will discuss the project and the inspiration behind this new body of work.
11:40 Dr John Paul (UK CRC Modernising Medical Microbiology Project, and long term collaborator with Anna Dumitriu) will discuss the place of TB in the natural history of bacteria and how whole genome sequencing of bacteria is revolutionising our understanding of the disease through the Modernising Medical Microbiology Project.
12:40 Professor Melanie Newport (Professor in Infectious Diseases & Global Health at Brighton and Sussex Medical School) will speak about the latest research into TB in global medicine.
13:00 Panel discussion and questions
14:30 Dr Simon Park (Microbiologist and Artist, University of Surrey, one of the ‘Open Lab’ workshop leaders, and a collaborator with Anna Dumitriu) will discuss his own artistic research.
15:00 Dr Simon Hall (Medical Doctor and Artist) will discuss the role of art in communicating issues in medicine and how this can be used in the medical training.
15:30 Dr Carole Reeves (Senior Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies, University College London) will speak about her research into the stories of The Children of Craig-y-nos and her investigation of a lost Tuberculosis treatment.
16:00 Lynn Stevens from Target Tuberculosis (a charity providing treatment, care and support in Africa and Asia) will discuss the challenges they face in developing countries and their perspectives on the exhibition.
16:30 Panel discussion and questions
17:00 The event will be followed by a drinks reception and a final chance to view the exhibition.
The nominal ticket price of £10 covers refreshments during the day and includes a donation to Target Tuberculosis, if you can give more to this incredible charity for their stunning work then please choose the donation ticket and give as much as you can. In cases of hardship contact the organiser and the fee can be waived. Please print and bring your ticket.
See more about the exhibition here.
The project is made in collaboration with the UK CRC Modernising Medical Microbiology Project and funded by The Wellcome Trust.
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Anna Dumitriu’s work blurs the boundaries between art and science with a strong interest in the ethical issues raised by emerging technologies. Her installations, interventions and performances use a range of digital, biological and traditional media including live bacteria, robotics, interactive media, and textiles. Her work has a strong international exhibition profile and is held in several major public collections, including the Science Museum in London. Dumitriu is known for her work as founder and director of “The Institute of Unnecessary Research”, a group of artists and scientists whose work crosses disciplinary boundaries and critiques contemporary research practice. She recently completed a Wellcome Trust commission entitled “The Hypersymbiont Salon", is collaborating as a Visiting Research Fellow: Artist in Residence with the Adaptive Systems Research Group at The University of Hertfordshire (focussing on social robotics) and (Leverhulme Trust 2011) Artist in Residence on the UK Clinical Research Consortium Project “Modernising Medical Microbiology” at The University of Oxford. Her major international project “Trust me I’m an artist, towards an ethics of art/science collaboration” (in collaboration with the Waag Society in Amsterdam and The University of Leiden) investigates the novel ethical problems that arise when artists create artwork in laboratory settings. She is was winner of the 2012 Society for Applied Microbiology Communication Award and recently awarded Wellcome Trust funding for her new project "The Romantic Disease: An Artistic Investigation of Tuberculosis".