The Data Body on the Dissection Table:

Arts, Humanities, Medicine and Complex Networks

Leonardo Day feature image for newsletterThe talks at this event were video recorded – click here to watch

A roundtable with Professor Albert-László Barabási, Professor and Artist François-Joseph Lapointe, Associate Professor Annamaria Carusi, and Artist and Research Director Jamie Allen.

Tuesday June 4th, 7-9pm (exhibitions open from 6.30pm). Sign up free here.

Dissection reveals what lies beneath the skin, but for a brief moment in time, and for a priviledged few. Depictions, models, and preservations have long been used to share what dissection uncovers; from ancient anatomical drawings to today’s virtual 3D anatomies.

In the 18th Century skinned “écorché” figures and anatomical waxes were constructed to reveal systems of interlocking bones, balanced pairs of muscles, and delicately entangled traceries of nerves and blood vessels. The Anatomy Lesson by Rembrandt, and the écorché The Horse Rider by Honoré Fragonard are famous examples at the border between medicine, science and art.

Contemporary medical sciences reveal ever more about the complex systems of the human body – but at a barely perceptible level. The (medical) human body today is understood, tested, and treated as a huge system of data, including complex interactions between our genetic material, our environment, and our host of microbial companions.

How do we grab hold of this data? How do we make sense of it and communicate it to others? How do contemporary artists and designers give our ‘data body’ material form through images, sound, and touch? What kind of tools are complex networks science proposing, and what kind of body do they reveal?

The Data Body on the Dissection Table brings together scientists, artists, philosophers, and designers to explore these questions, through roundtable presentations and audience discussion. The event takes place in Medical Museion’s auditorium – the Danish Royal Academy of Surgeons’ former anatomical theater.

On Tuesday June 4th, from 7-9pm (exhibitions open from 6.30pm), Medical Museion’s former surgical theater will explore these questions at a roundtable and open discussion with artists, geneticists, philosophers, and designers.

Sign-up for this event via this link here. (Attendance is free within the seat limits).
Seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Click for official flyer.

Speakers (click here for abstracts):

Albert-László Barabási, Distinguished Professor and Director of Northeastern University Center for Complex Network Research, Boston

François-Joseph Lapointe, Professor at the Biological Sciences Department, University of Montreal and Artist

Annamaria Carusi, Associate Professor in Philosophy of Medical Science and Technology at the University of Copenhagen

Jamie Allen, Artist and Head of Research at CIID/Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design


The event is hosted by Medical Museion and Leonardo/OLATS under the Studiolab network, and in conjunction with the Arts, Humanities, and Complex Networks Leonardo satellite event to the NetSci 2013 conference.

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