17th July – 9th October 2015
‘Sense and Diagnosis’, an exhibition curated by students from MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies at the University of Manchester, opens at Chetham’s Library in Manchester on 17th July 2015.
Sense and Diagnosis draws on collections from the Museum of Medicine and Health (University of Manchester) and Chetham’s Library to explore the role of the senses in medical diagnosis.
The five senses are the doctor’s most fundamental toolkit. Throughout history medical physicians have used their hands, eyes, ears, noses and even tongues to interact with the bodies of their patients; to assess what is happening below the skin and diagnose disease. This makes for an incredibly intimate relationship, but one that is increasingly mediated by medical technology. The stethoscope, the thermometer, the pen torch; they all serve to enhance the doctor’s senses, but they also create a distance, both physically and emotionally.
The project started its life as a group exhibition proposal for the Managing Collections and Exhibitions MA module. With support from the Institute for Cultural Practices, the Museum of Medicine and Health and Chetham’s Library, the five students have been able to make the project happen for real.
This will include a unique performance art event ‘See / Hear / Touch’, which is a series of one-to-one performances exploring the relationship between the senses of sight, hearing and touch and medical diagnosis. The performances, which will take place in Chetham’s Library during the preview event on Thursday 16th July 2015, draw on a variety of influences, from personal experience, medical equipment to research into historical diagnosis techniques.
Join us for the exhibition preview and the unique performances ‘See / Hear / Touch’ on Thursday 16 July 2015, 6-8pm
More information on the project blog: http://senseanddiagnosis.tumblr.com/