19.4 On Medicine



Issue editors: Gianna Bouchard & Martin O’Brien

SKU: 1352-8165 (2014) 19:4 Category:


On Medicine explores the complex and vibrant relationship between medicine and performance. As a specific branch of science, medicine is sometimes overlooked in wider discussions about the interface between art and science, and so this issue seeks to re-dress this balance through examining the connections, dialogues and dissonances between medicine and performance. Via a necessarily interdisciplinary approach, the issue interrogates various modes of performance that engage with the histories, practices and discourse of medicine. In reflecting on medical contexts and approaches, it addresses the potential of performance and its modes of analysis to intervene in and extend vital debates around medical knowledge and practice, to enhance its understanding, and to offer a site of resistance and challenge to its influence and dominance. With contributions from artists, medical practitioners, patients and scholars, On Medicine considers the performance of medicine and medical performance across a diverse range of examples and histories.

Editorial : On Medicine
Martin O’Brien, Gianna Bouchard
pp. 1 – 5

Performance and the Hidden Curriculum in Medicine
Gretchen A. Case
pp. 6 – 13

Performance as Evidence in Chronic Disease : Measuring health status and treatment outcomes through the quantification of performance
Arseli Dokumacı
pp. 14 – 24

Birth Story
Lena Simic
pp. 25 – 30

Clod Ensemble : Performing Medicine
Suzy Willson
pp. 31 – 37

Spitparty : DNA imaging and aesthetic mimicry
Klaus Spiess, Lucie Strecker
pp. 38 – 44

Exploring the Biomedical Paradigm in the Work of Jan Fabre
Nathalie Roussel, Ann Hallemans, Jonas Rutgeerts, Jan Gielen, Jan Gielen, Luk van den Dries
pp. 45 – 53

Performing Chronic : Chronic illness and endurance art
Martin O’Brien
pp. 54 – 63

The Politics of Intimate Medical Performances Ive Tabar’s body-art performances : El-en-i and Acceptio
Tomaž Krpič
pp. 64 – 73

The Dissector’s Cut, the Wound and the Orifice : Seeing Ron Athey’s performances through a cultural anatomy of the vagina
Julia R. Gallego
pp. 74 – 84

The Art of Kira O’Reilly
Kira O’Reilly
pp. 85 – 87

Music is Disease : Spectating cancer blogs
Brian Lobel
pp. 88 – 96

Counternarratives of Breast Cancer and Chronic Illness : Performing disruption, patienthood and narrative repair
Emilia Nielsen
pp. 97 – 106

Preparing for Ghosts : Anatomy that haunts
Joanna Whalley
pp. 107 – 110

Two Venuses : Historicizing the anatomical female body
Kara Reilly
pp. 111 – 121

In the Museum of the Mobile Anatomy Show
David Francis
pp. 122 – 132

Performing the Body, Deforming the Book Galerie de Difformité
Gretchen E. Henderson
pp. 133 – 136

Disability Culture and Performance: Rhizomes and re-embodiments in the work of Petra Kuppers (review)
Kirsty Johnston
pp. 137 – 140

The Complex Politics of Care: Needs and interests, norms and desires (review)
Bree Hadley
pp. 141 – 144

Notes on Contributors
pp. 145 – 146

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