Tuesday 2 October 2012

Death Animations Symposium part of the Circles of Focus Vital Sparks Project


In this issue
Death Animations Symposium FRIDAY 19 OCTOBER 2012
How to Book
Death Animations Associated Events SATURDAY 20 OCTOBER 2012

Circles of Focus Project Update


Death Animations Symposium


Friday 19 October 2012
10am - 6pm
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Gateshead Quays Gateshead NE8 3BA

B x NU Institute of Contemporary Art presents Death Animations, a one-day symposium considering societal, artistic and ethical attitudes to death and the preservation of the body.

Death Animations stems from research undertaken as part of Circles of Focus a collaborative project devised by artists Christine Borland (UK) and Brody Condon (US). Borland and Condon are currently developing work that will explore the dynamic of the anatomy dissection theatre and its' constituency – staff, medical students, donor cadavers and regulators, considering the potential for performance and role-play within this context.

This interdisciplinary event, held at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art will include presentations by a number of international experts. Medical educators Dr Quentin Fogg and Professor Alan Bleakley, curator and art writer Dr Francis McKee, author Dr Ruth Richardson, bioethics lecturer Dr Simon Woods, Death Studies Professor Dr John E Troyer, performance and Nordic LARP researcher Jaakko Stenros, in addition to artists Christine Borland and Brody Condon.

To Book
Booking is essential £30 / £25 concessions (Lunch included)
(Concessions include unwaged, students and over 60s)

Book tickets online at www.wegottickets.com<http://glasgowsculpturestudios.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=94d20305b2f7193d46f7087ab&id=8192b31883&e=e0c4cff001> or in person from the Baltic Shop.

Associated Events
The symposium is complimented by three off-site visits the following day.

Anatomy & Clinical Skills Visit: Newcastle University
Saturday 20 October 2012

A visit to Medical Sciences Education Development at Newcastle University with Dr. Roger Searle to view the labs, models, manikins, dissecting rooms and facilities. Visit will not include access to cadaveric body parts.

FREE / Pre-booking essential / 20 places only

Learning From The Dead: Dissection Workshop: Northumbria University
Saturday 20 October 2012
12pm - 1.30pm

Dr Donal Shanahan BSc PhD (anatomy), Senior Lecturer in Anatomy at Northumbria University will lead this dissection workshop in which candidates will experience how and where Northumbria University students learn. Attendees will take part in an active participation practical session learning about the anatomy and physiology of the heart by watching a narrated dissection video and then dissecting an animal heart, under supervision. Photography and audio will be used to capture and record these experiences.

FREE / Pre-booking essential / 30 places only

Walking Lecture: Moorbank Botanical Gardens Newcastle
Saturday 20 October 2012

Artists Ben Jeans Houghton and Matthew Giraudeau collaborate with Scientist and traveller Dr George Wake to stage a walking lecture at Moorbank Botanical Gardens, Newcastle upon Tyne developing a narrative that begins before death telling the tale of our quest to better understand it, drawing from knowledge of the stars, the comets and the history of hallucinogens.

FREE / Pre-booking essential / 20 places only

To book a place on any of these site visits please call 0191 478 1810 or e-mail events@balticmill.com<http://glasgowsculpturestudios.us1.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=94d20305b2f7193d46f7087ab&id=dc8e61da20&e=e0c4cff001> to reserve a place.
Places are limited for the associated events, please book early to secure a place.

Circles of Focus

Circle of Focus explores the performative possibilities inherent in the artists' shared interests; combining diverse references to body donation, and dissection, carnivorous plants and timeless craft activities such as weaving, pottery and glass blowing.

Condon will be based at Glasgow Sculpture Studios until November, undertaking travel, research and development work with Borland towards the production of their project. Circles of Focus is supported throughCreative Scotland's Vital Sparks funding scheme.


This symposium is a joint initiative organised by BALTIC ProfessorChristine Borland and BALTIC Curator of Exhibitions & Research,Alessandro Vincentelli. The project Circles of Focus is supported by Creative Scotland's Vital Spark Fund and project managed byGlasgow Sculpture Studios.

Thanks go to Northumbria University for their support of Death Animations.

Image Credits:-

Death Animations © Christine Borland

Experimental Neolithic Pot Firing, Andrew Appleby & Michael Lucas
Research Image © Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh


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