THURS 2 JUNE, 6-8PM
- When 3 Jun - 6 Aug 2016
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The Patient: The Medical Subject in Contemporary Art
The Patient examines the embodied experience of the artist as medical patient and the medical patient as living subject in contemporary art.
The word patient has a dual meaning. It describes a state of being – of bearing a situation quietly, without complaint. It also describes a person in a hospital or clinical context, who is ill and undergoing diagnosis or treatment. The word originates from the Latin patiens, which means “suffering, enduring”. And for the medical patient, it is a common enough experience to wait, with pain.
The exhibition explores the ways in which artists engage with powerful human experiences in the fields of health, biological science and medicine, contributing to discourse on the representation of illness, disease, care, individual agency and what it is to be human.
Curated by guest curator and UNSW Art & Design PhD candidate Bec Dean, the collection of works, new experiments and ongoing projects featured in The Patient are all variously difficult, fearless, funny and sometimes unlovely. They range across media and connect to us as viewers and occasionally as participants.
The artists in this exhibition are drawn from Australia and the world, past and present. Their work deepens our own enquiries into the actual stuff of illness and disease, death and life – how they manifest viscerally and psychologically, as well as socially and politically.
Through its exhibition programs, UNSW Galleries fosters and advances research and discourse around the pressing issues of our times. Exhibition projects that draw on knowledge and research from a range of disciplines – such as art, medicine and science – have the capacity to impart and investigate new approaches to understanding the fluid and rapidly evolving 21st century society in which we live.
Participating artists: Ingrid Bachmann (Canada), John A Douglas (Australia), Brenton Heath-Kerr (Aus), Carol Jerrems (Aus), Eugenie Lee (Korea/Aus), David McDiarmid (Aus), Helen Pynor (Aus/UK), Jo Spence (UK), ORLAN (France), John Wynne (UK) & Tim Wainwright (Aus/UK), Bob Flanagan & Sheree Rose (US), and Guy Ben-Ary (US/Aus) with Nathan Thompson, Andrew Fitch, Douglas Bakkum, Stuart Hodgetts, Mike Edel.
AUSLAN and live audio description is provided on this pre-opening tour with the curator and exhibition artists.
5pm – 6pm, Thursday 2 June, UNSW Galleries
The Public Patient
A participatory program conceived and developed by students in UNSW Art & Design’s Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership, including collage workshops, film screenings and interactive exhibits in the gallery. More information.
The Sydney premiere of cellF by Guy Ben-Ary, Nathan Thompson, Andrew Fitch, Darren Moore, Douglas Bakkum, Stuart Hodgetts and Mike Edel.
cellF live performances with musicians,
Chris Abrahams (Friday), Ensemble Offspring (Saturday), Jon Rose, Darren Moore and Clayton Thomas (Sunday).
8pm, Friday 10 – Sunday 12 June Cellblock Theatre, National Art School, Corner Forbes Street & Burton Street, Darlinghurst
FREE. Register here.
The Patient Forum
Join artists, doctors, historians, scientists and specialists for this cross-disciplinary forum engaging with key issues running through the exhibition The Patient at UNSW Galleries.
10am – 4pm, Friday 24 June
EG02 Theatre, UNSW Art & Design, Corner of Greens Road and Oxford Street, AUSLAN interpretation provided
FREE, tea and coffee provided
In Conversation with Sheree Rose
Performance artist and widow of Bob Flanagan, Sheree Rose, discusses her extraordinary body of work, her collaborative performances, and life after Bob with fellow performance artist and celebrated author, Fiona McGregor.
5pm – 6pm, Tuesday 2 August UNSW Galleries
AUSLAN interpretation provided FREE, tea and coffee provided
Catalogue, Book Launch and an Ending
Join us for the launch of The Patient catalogue and the launch of Dr Lindsay Kelly’s new book Bioart Kitchen: Art, Feminism and Technoscience (I. B. Tauris, 2016) with drinks, ‘food’ and an Ending performed by Sheree Rose, Fiona McGregor and Victoria Spence.
5pm – 7pm, Thursday 4 August, UNSW Galleries
Conceived and developed by students in UNSW Art & Design’s Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership, The Public Patient is a participatory program that provokes new ways of thinking about our relationship to sickness and health. Building on themes from The Patient, the program asks how art can offer insights into our experience of the medical world. What does it mean to be sick or well? How do images of the medicalised body influence our understanding of our own health? And how does our growing love affair with chemical cures turn our medicine cabinet into a cabinet of curiosities?
The Pill Box
The Pill Box is an evolving exhibit exploring our intimate relationship to medication. Put your old medicine containers to good use by contributing to an evolving collaborative display in The Patient. Submissions may be made during gallery hours at UNSW Galleries reception.
Are YOU Sick?
Join the conversation about what it is like to be a patient. Draw, write and explore the ways in which you experience illness and treatment in Are YOU Sick?, a unique in-gallery iPad app. See the feed here.
Piecing it Together
Dive into the hybrid cut and paste world of collage in Piecing it Together - a collaborative workshop led by artist Deborah Kelly where participants are invited to reconfigure images from The Patient. The workshops coincide with Kelly’s own Postgraduate Masters exhibition in UNSW Galleries Scenes from the Death of Books.
FREE, Bookings are essential here.
1.30-4.30pm Tuesday 7 June and Tuesday 14 June, in UNSW Galleries.
Materials and refreshments provided. Participants are encouraged to bring some of their own sourced imagery/ photographs/ textual material to collage with.
The Screening Room
The Screening Room is a film series that explores the pulpy relationships between science, medicine and the patient. Drawing on themes from The Patient, the films probe the progression of medical and scientific ideas in popular culture and cinematic history, and grapple with the experiences of trauma, death, transformation, pain and the body. FREE, refreshments available by donation.
Brand Upon the Brain! – 6pm, Wednesday 8 June in the Courtyard, UNSW Art & Design
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – 6pm, Wednesday 22 June in the Courtyard, UNSW Art & Design
Cries & Whispers – 6pm, Wednesday 20 July in the Courtyard, UNSW Art & Design
Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan – 6pm, Wednesday 3 August in Black Box, UNSW Art & Design (D106, First Floor, D Block)