[ASC-list] Medical art exhibition, Southport Qld (18 Oct - 17 Nov)

Meg Heaslop Meg.heaslop at biotext.com.au
Thu Oct 9 08:23:17 UTC 2008

'Stendhal Syndrome': an exhibition of medical art from the perspective
of the patient and the practitioner
Saturday 18 October - Monday 17 November
George Petelin Gallery
58 Beale St (cnr of Smith St), Southport, Queensland
Stendhal Syndrome, named after the 19th century French novelist who is
said to have suffered from it, is a psychosomatic illness that causes
rapid heartbeat, dizziness, confusion, and even hallucinations, when an
individual is exposed to art.

The exhibition, 'Stendhal Syndrome', presents art that deals with
medical intervention in conditions far removed from the psychosomatic.
And it attempts to do so from two viewpoints: that of the patient and
that of the medical professional who has someone's life in their
hands-be they doctor, nurse, or research scientist.

For three of the artists, being a patient has been a lifeshaping
experience. Jonathan McBurnie, Brad Nunn, and Eden St James have each
undergone extensive medical procedures. Jonathan contracted leukaemia as
a teenager, Brad suffered a stroke as the after effect of a traumatic
accident, and Eden St James uses the artist's own body as a biological
experiment in gender change. These experiences are integral to their art

The medical profession often finds itself at a contentious interface of
technology and the public. The remaining artists in this show Andre
Brodyk, Trish Adams, and Alicia King, like Eden St James are drawn to
the issues and techniques of medical science. As well as exploring
bizarre possibilities for our future, these artists try to make us
acutely aware of the ethical boundaries that present themselves, and
have to be negotiated, in the deployment of medical technology. 

Meg Heaslop
Biotext (Brisbane Office)
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Email: meg.heaslop at biotext.com.au

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