22.09.20

Art & Medicine #3: Reflections on Self-Experimentation

Art & Medicine #3: Reflections on self-experimentation (in times of a global pandemic)

On Tuesday, 22 September, at 19:30 (CEST), artist Ana María Gómez López and medical historian Prof. Dr. Eddy Houwaart will discuss various challenges associated with self-experimentation during a global pandemic. The talk will be moderated by Rosanne van Wijk.

We would like to invite you to follow the discussion via Zoom (password: 777). 

Artists, like physicians and scientists, often use their bodies as a site for creation and innovation. Alongside these specialized practitioners, artists also test prototypes, procedures, and hypothesis on themselves, serving as “first subjects” of these investigations. Yet what does it mean to carry out embodied research in times of crisis, such as with the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak? How do firsthand investigations with one’s own body change in meaning when communities worldwide are collectively experiencing either new shifts or worsening conditions in terms of physical care and health equity? In the third part of the Art & Medicine series, artist Ana María Gómez López will reflect on these questions and look into ways self-experiments can offer a different vantage point from which to examine the developing epidemiological situation. Together with medical historian Prof. Dr. Eddy Houwaart, Ana María will discuss the specific challenges that arise when considering self-experimentation, aesthetic and otherwise, during a global pandemic.

Project Art & Medicine

Based on their mutual curiosity and interest in the human and human body, both art and medicine once held a very strong bond. With many societal and technological changes and developments, these two worlds began opposing each other, with the discipline of medicine representing objectivity, and the art world symbolizing subjectivity. Recently, however, we have been able to see these two domains moving towards each other with a new fascination for one another. In a series of Open Courses, the Jan van Eyck Academie zooms in on what happens when these two domains meet. Together with the public and by stimulating a dialogue between the arts and medicine, we wish to discover what the added value of this connection could be.
This is the third event in this series.


Open Courses: Art & Medicine is an initiative of the Research & Education department at the Jan van Eyck Academie.

Supported by: BankGiro Loterij Fonds

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