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Old College, South Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 3YY United Kingdom
https://www.ed.ac.uk/usher/biomedicine-self-society

November 2020

We Began as Part of the Body (Exhibition)

November 12 - November 22
Online: University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 3YY United Kingdom

This is an online event. 'We began as part of the body' is a multi-component digital artwork inspired the eczema genetic research laboratory of Professor Sara Brown, (University of Dundee) where Beverley Hood (University of Edinburgh) undertook an artist residency in 2017 organised by ASCUS Art & Science. The residency involved spend time observing the activities of the lab and the organotypic artificial skin cells, which are both real and synthetic. Taken from an actual person (via tummy tucks, breast surgery,…

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Life in a Pandemic: The Lothian Diary Project

November 12, 8:00 am - November 22, 5:00 pm
Online: University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 3YY United Kingdom

This is an online event. Through the Lothians Diary Project, encounter the diversity of lockdown experiences among ordinary residents of Edinburgh and surrounds, preserved in authentic and creative vlogs and audio diaries. Discover the story behind the creation of this collection, with its unique design among global documentation of the pandemic. Find out how the diaries will form part of a Museums oral history archive, and how this data collection method is changing social science in COVID-19. Learn how community…

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Costumed Visions

November 12, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online: University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 3YY United Kingdom

This is an online event. Superheroes are everywhere today, and they show no sign of slowing down. The things we watch and read shape how we feel about the human body and what it might become in ways we might not even notice, with idealised shapes and new 'transhuman' abilities becoming more and more unremarkable. Or are they? Once we start to think about superhero abilities being real, do we always think as positively about them as when they’re just…

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The Sounds of Music Across the Lifespan

November 17, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online: University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 3YY United Kingdom

This is an online event. Have you ever wondered if music is good for your health? Do you enjoy singing? Join this online sing-along event with singer, teacher and choir director Heather Macleod, and discover what research shows about the benefits of music in our lives with Dr Judy Okely from the Lothian Birth Cohorts. Anyone anywhere can join in with no previous experience. Heather will lead the session with humour and skill. Expect a fun and uplifting hour singing…

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Bodies of the Future

November 17, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online: University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 3YY United Kingdom

This is an online event. Human, robotic, mechanical, and animal bodies are being re-made through new technologies and changing societies. Collage is an art form that takes existing materials and recombines them in new ways. This digital collage making workshop brings these two ideas together and invites you to explore the changing nature of bodies through making a collage of your own. Experts in the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare, of nature and technology in the reproductive body, and…

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We Began as Part of the Body (Live Event)

November 19, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Online: University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 3YY United Kingdom

This is an online event. This event will be a live discussion about how bodies are imagined, visualised and made audible using bio-medical data. This event will feature scientist Professor Sara Brown in conversation with artist Beverley Hood as they explore how the 'We began as part of the body' artwork evolved in the lab and beyond, using microscopy, 3D modelling, speech synthesis, and immersive technologies. See the online exhibition here. This event is part the series ‘Visualising Bodies’ organised…

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The Sounds of Music Across the Lifespan

November 19, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online: University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 3YY United Kingdom

This is an online event. Have you ever wondered if music is good for your health? Do you enjoy singing? Join this online sing-along event with singer, teacher and choir director Heather Macleod, and discover what research shows about the benefits of music in our lives with Dr Judy Okely from the Lothian Birth Cohorts. Anyone anywhere can join in with no previous experience. Heather will lead the session with humour and skill. Expect a fun and uplifting hour singing…

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Capturing Chronic Illness

November 20, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online: University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 3YY United Kingdom

This is an online event. ME, endometriosis, HIV, depression, transplantation.... How do we see chronic illness, particularly when it is not visible on the body? How are experiences of chronic illness affected by or formed through questions of identity, inequalities and community belonging? How does chronic illness relate to ethnicity, gender, disability, sexuality, race and age? Photography offers creative possibilities of capturing life with illness(es), including opening up ways of re-imagining how we live with and represent illness. Medical humanities…

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