Part of Panel Discussion ‘Whose body is it anyway?’ at Royal College of Physicians, Wednesday 20 November from 6pm.

By amandacouch, Nov 11 2019 08:48PM

I have been invited to be a part of the panel discussion ‘Whose body is it anyway’ at Royal College of Physicians, Wednesday 20 November from 6pm.

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?

‘Whose body is it anyway’ will investigate the bodies behind medical images with a panel of artists featured in the current Royal College of Physicians exhibition 'Under The Skin, Sophie Layton, Amanda Couch and Liz Orton. We’ll 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. The event will have live subtitles.

For more information and to book your free ticket via this link:

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