Few organs are as charged as the human heart. Seen as both the seat of human identity and the archetypal symbol of love, it is an organ that has been ascribed qualities and associations far beyond its anatomical functions. Since the first heart transplant in 1967, the technical aspects of the operation have been streamlined and now heart transplantation is the accepted therapy for end-stage heart failure.
Four internationally exhibiting artists have had access to an innovative research study exploring the process of incorporating a transplanted heart. While significant research has been conducted in transplantation using the bio-medical model, few researchers have explicitly connected organ recipients’ experiences and cultural views about transplantation to the notion of embodiment. The aim of this project is to further explore the complexity of organ transplantation in a novel way which makes it accessible to the public by providing context to discuss and explore these ideas.
Dr. Heather Ross, MD, MHSc, FRCP(C), Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and Director of the Cardiac Transplant Program at Toronto General Hospital
Ingrid Bachmann, Artist and Associate Professor, Studio Arts Department, Concordia University
Andrew Carnie, Artist and Lecturer, Southampton University
Catherine Richards, Artist and Associate Professor, Department of Visual Arts, the University of Ottawa
Alexa Wright, Artist and Professor, University of Westminster
Dr. Margrit Shildrick, Professor of Gender and Knowledge Production, Linkoping University, Sweden
Moderator: Dr. Jeanne Randolph, Pyschiatrist and Cultural Analyst
Respondant: Dr. Kim Sawchuck, Professor, Communication Studies, Concordia University
The panel will be followed by a cocktail