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Reanimating Medical Media Cadavers [What Is This Feeling]

Image Maker Presentation by Kristin Reeves

Friday, October 17 - 3:00PM to 4:00PM
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room 140

Medical films have been surveying the body and giving expert instruction on how to best wrangle in our uncontrollable selves since motion picture's invention. Now due to its outdated format, content, and lack of formal beauty, many 16mm clinical films are dead rotting media cadavers. At an early age, I started digging through medical image archives because I had been photographed frequently for pediatric research and was obsessed with and frightened of finding myself there. I wondered if an image of my body, whole or segmented, would be recognizable as "me" to myself. As an artist, I currently ask larger questions of photographic media and its power in and outside of the clinical realm to isolate where it hurts and to expose what it is to be human.

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