Violence in medicine Part II – Using the language of war

The American medical humanities scholar Kathleen Powers questions the notion that the violence within hospitals or within medicine is tempered by metaphor and discretion. Rather, she considers the metaphoric language used in hospitals to be a language of violence, or a language of war. In a 2017 paper she outlined the militaristic and violent frameworks [...]

Blood on Silk: the Violence of Medicine

Fiona Davies, Blood on Silk: The Violence of Medicine I (detail) 2020. Conceptual Background: The American academic Johanna Shapiro in a 2018 essay establishes a framework of types of violence in medicine that ranges from the systemic bureaucratic “organisational violence”, originating from the hospital’s architecture and design, noise levels, access to public transport, and the [...]

Non invasive testing of blood glucose levels.

Video Still, BloodonSilk: Blood Types O +, 2012, 2 mins Frédérique Sunstrum, was recently a gold award winner in the Next Gen category for the Good Design Australia Awards. Her design replaces the needs for Diabetes patients to remove a sample of blood from their body and test it externally for glucose levels with a [...]

Start of the install – Site 1 at the State Silk Museum Tbilisi.

Before the weaving starts and the pattern becomes complicated the strength of a simple black and white stripe carries the day.

The plague and its continuing presence.

From the Sunday Morning Medicine wordpress site roundup of that weeks interesting takes on medical history comes a fantastic article by the staff writer on the Atlantic, Sarah Zhang about the Soviet attempts to eradicate the plague in the twentieth century. https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/05/when-soviets-tried-to-eradicate-the-plague/589570/ It made me think of the amazing work by Amy Chan and Natalie [...]

Images of the Exhibition – Cast a cold eye on life, on death: The Remake: Medicalised Death in ICU online.

online at http://www.fionadavies.com.au videos of the performative lecture will be online by the end of this week

Works in progress still messing around before becoming playing tokens.

Just standing on your head waiting for the glue to dry that is sticking a  button to your feet.  Small figurines becoming playing tokens for a modified version of snakes and ladders that leads the players through a game outlining the stages of heart failure. The game lies inside the wonder cabinet zinc box of [...]

Invitation to the opening of the exhibition ‘Cast a Cold Eye on Life, on Death: The Remake – Medicalised Death in ICU.’

Opening Thursday 9 May, 6-8 pm and running until 18th May 2019 at the Sydney College of the Arts Gallery, Kirkbride Way off Park Drive, Lilyfield, Sydney Australia.  Hours Mon to Fri 11 am - 5 p.m.  Sat 11 - 4 p.m. This is my PhD examination exhibition, the culmination of four years of practice-led research into medicalised [...]

Details of the new work – Blood on Silk: Blood Farming/The Producers

New Work – Blood on Silk: Total Artificial Heart (TAH)

This is the last of the five wonder cabinet works in this series on blood, blood products and body parts. This final work links two aspects, the movement of blood and blood products within the body and the heart that ensures that circulation. The heart is one of the transplantable body organs. In many of [...]