ANARCHY IN THE ORGANISM
(Cancer as a Complex System)
April 1 2012 - March 31 2013
Symposium Friday 15th June at the Wellcome Trust
The symposium will take the form of a series of talks followed by open discussion.
Simeon Nelson, the artist
Monia Brizzi, a chartered counselling psychologist
Gilly Angell, patient
Simon Walker-Samuel, Senior Research Associate, UCL Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging
Jorge Castillo Sepúlveda, Group of Social Studies of Science and Technology, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
Booking is essential for this event and places are limited.
Bookings to be made directly with firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioned by UCLH Arts
The organisms on the screens demonstrate growth, mutation and decay as normal aspects of being alive.
Is cancer an aberration or is it an embedded aspect of being a complex organism?
By situating cancer within a wider context of complex evolving systems from cities to trees to
landscapes, this work attempts a reconciliation of cancer as a normative part of being in the world.
The computer generated organisms develop cancer to varying degrees.
Coded within the parameters of complexity theory, their survival rate is similar to that of the general population.
They are ambiguous, they could be street-scapes of evolving cities disrupted by the successive impositions of changing social imaginaries.
Music generated from the same code and played through window-mounted transducers haunts the streetscape.