My research originated in a concern with the totalizing logic of healthcare systems that attempts to incorporate arts practices through the normalizing discourse of evidence based practice. This led to analyses that was typically characterized as The Two Cultures by CP Snow. But the challenge as an artist researcher is not to represent back the idioms and manners of a long established dialectic.
Consequently the past two years have been spent in attempting to delineate a new trajectory for these discourses through texts, talks and installations. I would like to take this opportunity of presenting new work that aims at synthesis and will draw on video documentation of the mac installation.
What does it mean to create a ‘safe space’ for political dialogue?
In a world of expanding medicalization, can the language of pharmaceutical discourse offer us such an alternative space in which to discuss sociopolitical issues such as economic recession, immigration policy and xenophobia?
In her presentation, Lisa Erdman examines these questions in relation to her current artistic research, which investigates ways of creating political dialogue through performance and satirical medical advertising. As a case study, Lisa will present video documentation of Consumerin®, a live commercial performance for a medication that treats symptoms of economic recession. Consumerin® was presented in Pori, Finland in 2009, and in Lancaster, UK in 2010.
A community of species
The Human Genome Project was a massive international scientific
research project which aimed for understanding the genetic makeup
of the human species. The great question behind the quest was to identify
who we – as individuals and as species – are. After a decade, the
gene-hype has calmed down, and a new quest has started. It has turned
out that the human body is an ecosystem of species: a community, in
which the concept of identity and individuality becomes highly
In her talk Terike Haapoja will look at how the figure of the “human”
changes when looked at through the lens of the Human Microbiome
Project. How are the “others” living in and on our bodies treated? How
does scientific knowledge change our understanding of who we are?
And – what’s art got to do with it?
My art practice has for several years revolved around medical themes such as doctor-patient relationship and medication usage. The presentation explores the art-medicine dialogues in my past and current work, as well as in other artists’ practice, and sketches possibilities for the developing field of arts-based health research.
The Finnish welfare society is challenged by megatrends such as an aging population, climate change, financial turbulence and changing demands of people. We have interpreted the idea of welfare society simply as a provider of similar services available everywhere. In the last few years, the concept of user-centered innovation or human-centered innovation has emerged into discussion within economics and business practices.
In the area of societal development the role of the citizen has also been recognized not only as a passive receiver, but an active part in service development processes. Though not much has been researched in this area,
in the light of few real world experiments, it seems possible to achieve better (experienced) quality, productivity and effectiveness paralleled in public services. New approaches are needed, e.g. service design, but perhaps of a more artistic nature. This may result in a more relevant understanding about the human condition.
What is normal? How do we see ourselves?
Society provides some ideals as guidelines to grow up with and to learn how to behave. Our minds are adjusted to the various mentalities that have been created by official sites, such as schools, hospitals, offices, museums, airports, churches etc. The more invisible power structures are found in architecture and social systems. We observe ourselves as part of the structures and not as free creatures: what, then, is there left of freedom for us?
Do we feel home in our bodies? Do we feel home in the world?
Marika Orenius talks about these themes and presents the artistic and social dimensions behind her works. Some videos of Marika Orenius are shown at the seminar.
Ernest Truely will share documentation and talk about the connection between, power and control in ritualistic performance and the act of bringing us closer together. Real Live Human Branding is an example of this process to stimulate the “oceanic feeling” among participants. It is possible that he will offer the ritual in the back alley behind the university after the lecture.