The project uses three independent and interconnected works in the space to explore barriers to a previous communication between medicine, patients and healthy people. This project was a space composed the performance work “Εργασττρρουασθενειών”, the 3D poetry “Νησιά ουλές”, the interactive work “Αγγειακόδίκτυο” together. The names of these three works are all derived from the Greek language, and they are intended to pay tribute to the Hippocrates and make a significant contribution to clinical medicine. These works provide an immersive space for understanding medicine and patients. This work contains me as a patient exploring my self and existence, communicating with the public, and cooperating with interdisciplinary medical practice.
Part I: Νησιά ουλές
The words”Νησιά ουλές” means the scar of the island. Anyone can be anyone in island surviving trauma is something we do have experienced. People who have the wound or physical trauma problem were different from others, even their in the same space. It difficult because of the people’s fear of disease, which causes them to automatically isolated the group that has the disease, just like the patient live on isolated islands.
This “Poetry Installation Book” provides the audience with an immersive and isolated environment. The audience feels loneliness from patients suffering from chronic diseases and solid tumours. This is about creating isolation after substantial tumour experience for the audience. While the traditional book focuses on the reading and documenting, this “book” seeks to activate other senses such as touching and smelling.
This work, including the book format (Binding) and book foundation (Narrative) together and explain the way to experience different feel when the audience isolated themself by reading one by one inside this work.
3D sculpture /Cotton, lacquer, Resin,Clay, Acrylic, Mixed nylon/450mm*245mm*840mm Editions:1
Made in December/2019-February/2020
This interactive work consists of four groups of tubes with different shapes. The Greek “Αγγειακόδίκτυο” means a network of blood vessels, and the viewer can operate these tubes by touching to observe the changes in text cover and submergence after the liquid flows. Based on the different forms of different operations, the audience can feel how the disease is getting worse step by step. At the same time, these channels also represent the patient’s perspective. In the space “Alienated”, those tubes were a channel for patient’s emotions to connect with the audience through my art practice. I not only talk a story to the audience members to integrate their own experiences but let them use it as a way to link their personal experiences with mine.
Colorful liquid, Sands,Plastic tube/up to 8000mm*6mm*8mm
Made in April-Jun/2020
In the creation of “Alienated”, I am not only a discussion of self-cognition and existence, and to convey the medical experience to communicate with the audience. Nevertheless, Part III was a performance to simulated the scene of the medical scientist in the “biological laboratory” (also the origin of the name Εργασττρρουασθενειών). Furthermore, the various test-tube books with different forms and contents have deepened the connection between the immersion of the space and the three parties (Patients, doctors and healthy people). This work focus on summarises the impact of long-term trauma and rehabilitation experience on oneself caused by science and technology. In particular, my trauma and healing are closely related to the advancement of biomedicine.
The content of each test tube is related to its corresponding disease, and I try to explain the meaning or impact of each disease with different materials. These test tubes make up the “test tube books” page. At the same time, the different structures inside the test tube are also independent and complete “disease world”. Therefore, each test tube is also a miniature “disease landscape”.
Test tube, resin, paint, mixed material/120mm*20mm
Made in May-July/2020
For more detailed information, please watch my website“2020 final works”：www.nathanaelwang.co.uk