Arts Medicine and Humanities Conference 2012

At present, I am working on my paper for the AMH Conference in Cork, Ireland July 2012.

Please see the paper outline below:

 

Identifying with the body visual;

Live performance, video and sound.

 

‘Just as a mirror shines bright once it has been cleared of dust; so those who have seen the self shine in mind and body, they are always and forever filled with happiness’

Upanishads

 After contracting e-coli 0165 and Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome; a change in identity hit me hard as I endured severe medical interventions to prevent kidney failure and death. For the first time in my life my organs spoke loudly in pain, and I quickly came to terms with the impermanence of life.

As a visual artist and as a fully recovered patient, this medical encounter prompted a period of self-reflection. By interpreting footage from endoscopes, microscopes and medical imaging techniques and by immersing myself in a 10-day silent meditation retreat (Vipassana), I began to explore relationships between what lies beneath the skin and the ever-changing nature of our mind.

With a focus on meditation, consciousness and creativity, this paper will incorporate sound recordings, experimental video and performance to express my change in awareness of the self that has taken place since contracting the disease.

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