University of Toronto Art Center, Toronto;Canada, Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga; Canada, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, US, Galeria de Arte do Finotti, Uberlandia, Brazil
SPLICE: At the threshold of Art and Medicine aims to investigate changing corporeal perceptions influenced by scientific, social, political and cultural interpretations. To reach this goal SPLICE represents a scientific gaze of the human body by showcasing historic anatomical art as both complemented and challenged by contemporary artworks.
The human figure has been interpreted and presented in the arts from time immemorial, nevertheless, the realm of medical imagery and the depictions of the human body in the arts inhabit by tradition different domains. During the last century numerous paradigm shifts have revealed significant questions about the potential loss of agency, while at the same time allowing us new opportunities for expressions of identity. The increased use of technologies has changed how we see ourselves and the world around us. Thus the intended integration of historic material with a careful selection of contemporary works in SPLICE represents a significant benchmark in addressing issues of conjecture.
The archival images in the exhibition date back some 85 years. They are rooted in classical traditions yet form a boundary between the history of scientific representations and contemporary interpretations, During the last five centuries a more intimate, private landscape of the human body has been charted in ever-greater detail.Today the human body is viewed with a far wider range of scientifically derived and technically supported methods disclosing features of a previously undreamt inner scale and complexity.
Today the body is frequently politicized, symbolized, and even digitized by way of manipulation, to dissection and provocation. In the artworks presented, SPLICE exposes the complexity of the human anatomy, demonstrating the gift of combining a factual approach with aesthetic interpretation, It reveals and eclectic and complex picture of the shifting perception and paradigms of the human body both past and future.
University of Toronto Art Centre: 20 October - 1 December, 2012
Blackwood Gallery: 24 October - 1 December, 2012
Pratt Manhattan Gallery: 20 September - 9 November, 2013
Galeria de Arte Ido Finotti, April 16-18, 2015
SPLICE: Thematically linked events:
October 20, 2012 OCADU Auditorium Pre-SPLICE event in collaboration with Design and Dialogue, Peter Jones and Greg Judelman, Homo Ludens: The Playing Body, live and mediatized performative participatory workshop with Prof. Antje Budde & Team, Drama Department, University of Toronto
October 25, 2012 OCADU Presentation: Diana Burgoyne, electronic and performance artist
October 26, 2012 Bissell Building, University of Toronto. The Mediated Body, panel discussion featuring Jack Butler, Drew Belsky, Dr. Allison Crawford and David Steinman in collaboration with Subtle Technologies, Toronto Arts and Science Salon and KMDI, University of Toronto
October 29, 2012 Blackwood Gallery Informal Round Table Discussion led by Prof Nicholas Woolridge, Director BMC Discussants: Prof Anne Augur, Prof Dave Mazierski, University of Toronto
November 7, 2012 University of Toronto Art Centre The Blood Records written and annotated. Special Screening. Discussion with Lisa Steele, Kim Tomczak and Nina Czegledy
November 8, 2012 Ryerson University The Psychic Body round table discussion Discussants Norman White, Jessica Field and David Rokeby
November 11, 2012 Contemporary Art Bus Tour. Curatorial presentation by Nina Czegledy, University of Toronto Art Centre and Blackwood Gallery
November 29, 2012 Bisell Building, University of Toronto. Graspin the Body: data affect and health. Discussants; Prof. David Phillips, John Baturin and Charles Rizo
September 20, 2013 School of Art, Media & Technology, Parsons The New School for Design, Round Table: Introduction Nina Czegledy, Presenters: Gisele Trudel of AElab, Eric Fong and Aisen Caro Chacin, Parsons
September 24, 2013 Special Leonardo Laser event at LevyArts. Introduction Nina Czegledy, Presenters Joyce Cutler Shaw, Jack Butler
September 25, 2013 Department of Visual Arts, Steinhardt School of Culture New York University - with Natalie Jeremijenko