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 Kit-Ying Cheung The Hong Kong Plague of 1894 and the slow reveal that takes place in that work exposing the medicalisation of the causes of the plague.

Read the article if you can. At least go there to check out the historic photos.

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

Cast a Cold Eye – Last Days

This exhibition and program of performative lectures enter their last few days . Cast a Cold Eye on Life, on Death: The Remake – Medicalised Death in ICU finishes on Saturday 18th May at 4 p.m.

Until then the exhibition is open 11-5 and performative lectures are programmed for 1 pm on Thursday, 11 am and 2 pm on Friday the 17th with the last performative lecture of this series being on Saturday at 2 pm. This last lecture will be followed by a poetic performance given by Bhupen Thakker titled DEATH …( of fear). Then we’ll raise a glass to celebrate.

Book a free ticket to attend one of the performative lectures at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-remake-medicalised-death-in-icu-performative-lecture-tickets-59253831806

Cast a Cold Eye on Life, On Death: The Remake – Medicalised Death in ICU at SCA Galleries in Sydney College of the Arts, Kirkbride Way, Rozelle Sydney Australia

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 death in ICU. There are a series of installations, object-based works, performances and interactive works.

Warning: The exhibition and the performative lecture contain images, sounds and activities that deal with death, dying, hospitals, violence, blood and body parts for transplantation.

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Second post on the installation: Where They were Last Seen, at SCA gallery Sydney.

To continue from the last post from late this month – this image is of another element of the work Where they were last seen, my installation selected by two Masters of Art Curating students, Tian Kang and Yunyan Tang for their exhibition Being towards Death in Gallery five of the Sydney College of the Arts/ University of Sydney Gallery. The curatorial premise developed by Tian and Yunyang resulted in a more direct focus on the physicality of the Intensive Care Unit.

Blanket Work modifed

The image shows a detail of another of the main elements of the space. This large blanket work frames two walls and is approximately nine metres in width and three metres in height. Made of strips of grey woollen coat fabric, the surface is slightly fluffy and cuddly, but the colour is austere and forbidding. Acting as a record of instances of the patient’s heart rate, blood pressure and oxygenation the hand sewn components are built up to contain both the internal skin of the site wrapped around the bedspace of the patient located in the middle of the gallery.

The exhibition was part of the Curatorial Lab component of the Masters of Art Curating program.

 

Invitation to two exhibition openings next week.

On the 17th October from 6-8 p.m. an exhibition Being towards Death curated by University of Sydney, Masters of Art Curating, students, Tian Kang and Yunyan Tang  will open at the SCA Gallery, University of Sydney, Sydney. They have curated a new work of mine an installation titled Where they were last seen.  

IMG_3751On the following evening the 18th October also from 6-8 p.m. Tian and Yunyan with a number of other  Master of Art Curating students have also curated another work of mine into a group exhibition titled In Translation at Verge Gallery on the main campus of the University of Sydney.  The work selected for this exhibition is Racing Patience ICU, a performative installation from 2018.

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ABC news post – Doctors think its becoming too hard to die

“Doing the right thing at the right time is fantastic and doing the same thing at the wrong time is horrific,” he says.Blood on Silk Buy Sell (20)

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-28/rethinking-our-approach-to-death-and-having-a-plan-for-dying/10014582