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'Friending' Anatomy: The Naturalization of Anatomical Images in Contemporary Culture


Date: 6 March 2015
Time: 3:00pm
Location: SymbioticA
Speaker: Dr. Nina Sellars

Are the various new modes in which we engage with anatomical images of the body effectively redefining what it means to be human? In an era when virtual anatomies increasingly circulate on the Internet and bioengineered human organs are being printed from volumetric images, it can appear that the image-objects of contemporary anatomy have an ontological order not altogether dissimilar from our own. Presented from the perspective of a visual artist who has experience working in the medical context, this talk aims to promote a critical reflection on the study of anatomy and the various processes used for anatomical imaging. The talk begins with the premise that the anatomical body is as much defined by the methods used to behold it as it is defined by the structures that it claims to reveal. 

Dr. Nina Sellars is an artist and Research Fellow at the Alternate Anatomies Lab, School of Design and Art, Curtin University, Perth, Australia. Sellars lectures also on anatomy for artists and is a prosector, i.e. a dissector of cadavers for medical display, and an Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Her interest in anatomy has taken her from working in classical drawing ateliers and wet anatomy labs to working in physics labs and medical imaging facilities – here she explores the cultural implications of clinical imaging modalities.