Illness and The Enduring Body

Martin O'Brien will curate a one-day symposium addressing issues surrounding Illness and the enduring body within performance.

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The Symposium will consist of 3 panes of speakers followed by a final open discussion. Contributors include artists, academics from performance, sociology and medical science. The symposium will consider ways in which the body has been conceived and represented within both art and medicine. Offering various perspectives on the ways in which the medicalised body and bio- scientific practices have been appropriated within performance, physical endurance and pain within art and medicine, ethics and the human body. The speakers will address the limits of human corporeality and how artists have worked with their own biological matter, placing their bodies under duress, in order to communicate and in doing so have challenged contemporary ideologies around the body. Illness & The Enduring Body will pay particular attention to the ways in which artists have engaged with issues around medicine, illness and the enduring body.

Contributors: Martin O'Brien, Bean, Dr Gianna Bouchard (Principal lecturer in performance at Anglia Ruskin), Lois Keidan (Director Live Art Development Agency),Ron Athey, Franko B, Dr. Karen Lowton (Medical sociologist senior lecturer King's College London), Rita Marcalo, Georgia Testa (Bio-Ethicist, University of Leeds), Tuheen Huda and Michael Mayhew + Special guest.

The symposium will conclude with an open discussion chaired by Martin O'Brien.

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Opening Times
Saturday 9 June, 10am-5pm

Unit 6 Hamlet Industrial Estate, White Post Lane,
E9 5EN