[NetBehaviour] The Romantic Disease: World TB Day Symposium

Irini-Mirena Papadimitriou imirena at hotmail.com
Tue Mar 11 20:24:13 CET 2014

Dear All 
I hope some people on the list might be interested to join us at Watermans on World TB Day, Monday 24th March, and take part in a fascinating and accessible multidisciplinary symposium bringing together key speakers from the fields of tuberculosis research across art, science and the humanities. 

The Symposium is taking place on the closing day of our current exhibition by Anna Dumitriu, “The Romantic Disease: An Artistic Investigation of Tuberculosis".
World TB Day SymposiumThe Romantic Disease: An Artistic Investigation of Tuberculosis 24th March 2014, 11am - 5pmWatermans 
Speakers include:
Anna Dumitriu (Artist who created “The Romantic Disease: An Artistic Investigation of Tuberculosis”) will discuss the project and the inspiration behind this new body of work.
Dr John Paul (UK CRC Modernising Medical Microbiology Project and long term collaborator with Anna Dumitriu) will discuss the place of TB in the natural history of bacteria and how whole genome sequencing of bacteria is revolutionising our understanding of the disease through the Modernising Medical Microbiology Project.
Professor Bobbie Farsides (Professor of Ethics Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and collaborator with Anna Dumitriu on “Trust me, I’m an artist”) will discuss TB and the humanities.
Professor Melanie Newport (Professor in Infectious Diseases & Global Health at Brighton and Sussex Medical School) will speak about the latest research into TB in global medicine.
Dr Carole Reeves (Senior Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies, University College London) will speak about her research into the stories of The Children of Crag-y-nos and her investigation of a lost Tuberculosis treatment.
Dr Simon Park (Microbiologist and Artist, University of Surrey, one of the ‘Open Lab’ workshop leaders, and a collaborator with Anna Dumitriu) will discuss his own artistic research.
Dr Simon Hall (Medical Doctor and Artist) will discuss the role of art in communicating issues in medicine and how this can be used in the medical training.
Target Tuberculosis (a charity providing treatment, care and support in Africa and Asia) will discuss the challenges they face in developing countries and their perspectives on the exhibition.
The event will be followed by a drinks reception and a final chance to view the exhibition and a display of works produced in the ‘Open Lab’ workshop. 
Tickets are £10 and can be booked by the eventbrite link www.romanticdisease.eventbrite.co.uk 
The nominal ticket price covers refreshments during the day and includes a donation to Target Tuberculosis.  However if you can give more to this incredible charity for their stunning work then please choose the donation ticket and give as much as you can.In cases of hardship contact the organiser and the fee can be waived. 
The Romantic Disease: An Artistic Investigation of Tuberculosis is a ground-breaking solo exhibition by artist, Anna Dumitriu, whose work in the field of art and science brings together historical narratives and cutting edge biomedical research.Dates: Thursday 16 January – 24 March, 2014 (noon -9pm FREE)Watermans40 High Street Brentford TW8 0DS www.watermans.org.uk     Box Office:  020 8232 1010
See more about the exhibition here.
The project is made in collaboration with the UK CRC Modernising Medical Microbiology Project and funded by The Wellcome Trust, Arts Council England and London Borough of Hounslow.

World TB Day is a worldwide event aimed at raising public awareness of tuberculosis and the efforts made to prevent and treat this disease. 
About the ArtistAnna Dumitriu’s work blurs the boundaries between art and science with a strong interest in the ethical issues raised by emerging technologies. Her installations, interventions and performances use a range of digital, biological and traditional media including live bacteria, robotics, interactive media, and textiles. Her work has a strong international exhibition profile and is held in several major public collections, including the Science Museum in London. 
For more information & press tickets please contact: Suman Bhuchar on 07930 101894 e: suman (at) watermans.org.uk  or Irini Papadimitriou on e: irini (at) watermans.org.uk

Best wishesIrini

Irini Papadimitriou
Head of New Media Arts Development
40 High Street
Direct line: +44 (0)20 8232 1012
Admin: +44 (0)20 8232 1020
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