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  • Posted on: 4th November 2019
  • What: Royal College of Physicians: Whose body is it anyway? Art and medicine panel discussion
  • When: Wednesday 20th November 2019
  • Where: Royal College Of Physicians 11 Saint Andrews Place London NW1 4LE
  • Time: 6-8:30pm
  • Cost: FREE

Who are the bodies we see in the public realm, in medical textbooks, online, or in jars in medical museums?

About this Event

Who are the bodies we see in art, in medical textbooks, a Google image search for a weird rash or in a medical museum? How were these images sourced? How much control does the patient have today and how has this changed throughout history? How do artists approach the use of other people’s bodies in their work?

Join us to investigate the bodies behind these images. A panel of artists featured in the current exhibition Under the skin, who all work across the fields of art and science, will examine the who, what and where of medical illustration, whilst taking a closer look at how contemporary art approaches these issues.

A consultant radiologist and medical illustration professional will also give us insights into patient consent to imaging and data, developments in the latest imaging technologies, and what these techniques can and can’t reveal about our bodies.

Katie Birkwood, curator of the exhibition, will chair the evening and reflect on these questions, drawing on examples of anatomical illustrations, archival documents and early medical imaging examples featured in the exhibition.

This event will be accompanied by live subtitles provided by Stagetext.

Tickets include a free drink on arrival.


6pm: Registration and reception

6.30pm: Short talks and panel discussion

7.45pm: Approximate end of discussion

7.45-8.30pm: Exhibition viewing and cash bar

8.30pm: Close

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