Oron Catts og Jenell Johnson: free, open seminars in March
Pioneering bioartist Oron Catts and Jenell Johnson, author of the book ‘American Lobotomy: A Rhetorical History’, visit Medical Museion to give public seminars on 7th and 8th March, respectively.
The world-famous bioartist Oron Catts is noted for his captivating and illustrious presentations. The one at Medical Museion will no doubt be one to remember as well! Oron Catts is a prominent and defining figure in the emerging field of bioarts, which examines shifting perceptions of life through the lens of the life sciences. Famous for his work with The Tissue Culture and Art Project, he also co-founded the bioart lab SymbioticA at the University of Western Australia. As part of the upcoming workshop “It’s Not What You Think: Communicating Medical Materialities”, we are delighted to announce that the pioneering bioartist Oron Catts will be giving a public keynote lecture in the beautiful anatomical theatre from 1787 at Medical Museion.
Assistant professor Jenell Johnson from Dept. of Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison will in this talk, drawn from her forthcoming book ‘American Lobotomy: A Rhetorical History’, explore arguments for and against lobotomy in the early years of its use in the United States. Although lobotomy is often remembered as an operation that diminished cognitive ability, its primary objective was to “blunt” strong emotion in persons diagnosed as mentally ill.
She shows how the argument of emotional impairment that served as lobotomy’s scientific justification was mirrored in constraints on ethical deliberation regarding its clinical and social applications—constraints, she argues, that continue to shape the norms and boundaries of biomedical discourse.
More information about the speaker: http://www.jenelljohnson.com/
Jenell Johnson: ‘Thinking with the Thalamus: Lobotomy and the Rhetoric of Emotional Impairment’ 7th March, 3pm – 4pm.
Oron Catts: ‘The Puzzle of Neolifism, the Strange Materiality of Regenerative and Synthetically Biological Things’ 8th March, 5pm – 6pm
Medical Museion (www.museion.ku.dk), the auditorium, Bredgade 62, 1260 Copenhagen K
Both seminars are public and conducted in English. Guests are welcome.