return to my alma mater, University of Warwick – to present at a ‘medical humanities salon’ hosted by the Institute of Advance Studies. A small but friendly audience listened to me witter on about performance, medicine and the human. First airing for my forthcoming book on that subject!
We are very pleased to announce that a film version of Bloodlines will be featured in the Fabrica Vitae touring exhibition.
Matthew Reisz has written a nice piece about Bloodlines, based on interviews with Alex and Milton. Find it here.
Chimera PI, Alex, chairs a discussion at the Clod Ensemble and Wales Millennium Centre’s Anatomy Season. The speakers are performance artist Kira O’Reilly, Liam Jarvis (co-director of Analogue Theatre) and anatomy artist Eleanor Crook. These artists’ work and practice variously explore the often uncanny and surprising effect of exposing the bodily interior spaces, raising questions about our sense of personhood and what it means for a body to be subjected to the medical gaze. These themes resonate too with the performance of Clod Ensemble’s Anatomie in Four Quarters, also playing at the Millennium Centre.
We present Bloodlines at the Rose Theatre in Kingston as part of the Practice Research Unit based at Kingston University (what we’ve been researching through our practice are collaborative and composition strategies that might be employed the creation of science-engaged interdisciplinary performance). The performance seems to go down well. In the post-show discussion composer Milton Mermikides and director Alex Mermikides take questions on the autobiographical basis of the project, Dr Bex Law talks about how the project draws on her medical training and experience and the choreographers-dancers (Caroline Lofthouse, Adam Kirkham and Viv Rocha) describe different approaches to the biomedical data. Film of the post-show available on request (A.Mermikides@kingston.ac.uk)
Very pleased to announce that an article on the Bloodlines project by Alex (Chimera Network’s PI) has just been published in Nature Immunology, May 2013, Vol. 15 No.5.
The Chimera network received major funding through AHRC’s Science in Culture scheme, which will allow new fascinating projects to develop.