THE CULTURE OF CITIES CENTRE ANNOUNCES: THE SYMPTOMS OF THE CITY SERIES
"END NOTES: A Symposium on Death and Dying"
Saturday, March 15, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Second Floor, 561 Bloor Street West (intersection with Bathurst)
Dr. Alan Blum, Dr. Tristanne Connolly, Dr. Marta Marin-Domine, Elizabeth Effinger, Elke Grenzer, Diego Llovet
Jonathan Lynn, Alan Gasser, Becca Whitla, Julian Knight, Mike Follert
An afternoon of relfection in mixed media -- talk, music, film, song, spoken word -- on the meanings and cultural expressions of death and dying.
ABOUT SYMPTOMS OF THE CITY
This series is an open-format discussion aimed at breaching the discourse of medicalization that dominates conceptions of the Healthy City. Even with its characteristic concerns for managing public health, mitigating disability, offering reliable treatments for illness and disease, it is still possible to challenge and further develop the “something more” that medicine cannot exhaust. Is public health and its energetic promotion really an adequate guarantee of well-being for the city dweller? Is disease as such the only reference a symptom can have, as it gestures beyond itself? In medicine's pursuit of cure and remediation, is there also room for vision and revision? The aim of the series is to treat such questions as symptoms of the modern city and its hopes and fears for well-being. Presentations are multimedia consisting of short papers, provocations, music, and dramatic performances. Contributions can take the form of an essay, short story, short film, photo exhibit, performance or any other media that permits a working through of the problem.
ABOUT "END NOTES"
Curator/Organizer: Jan Plecash
There is no art in which death is not represented or treated as inspiration, no political history from which it is absent as a testimonial to extremes of belief and conflict, no religious practice in which it is not treated as a matter for infinite care and preparation, no social group, no matter how busy or secular, in which it can be completely hidden as a matter of decisive if enigmatic fact.
Although we almost never talk about death, it remains a subject of abiding and common interest and an experience to which everyone is destined. We hope to devote the day to a kind of homage or appreciation of death’s multiplicity of meanings, in part to restore them to its often terrifying singularity or muteness as an event. This is an afternoon bringing together speakers from the Grey Zone project, performing artists, and presenters whose professions require familiar and close relations with death and dying.
Contributions reflect on different aspects of death and dying, from a perspective that offers illumination of its significance for us. Presentations include accounts of professional experience, presentations employing historical, cultural and political perspectives and explorations from the field of literary, visual and performing arts.
The Grey Zone of Health and Illness
@ The Culture of Cities Centre
561 Bloor Street West 3rd Floor
Toronto ON M5S 1Y6 CANADA
Tel.: 416.323.3251 Fax: 416.323.1491 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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