26-27/08 2020- Pauls Stradins Museum for History of Medicine Antonijas-1, Riga

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The Concept

The intention of the conference is to expound upon what we consider the role of Art, Anatomy and Humanity to be, on earth and beyond, now and in the future. The symposium will reflect upon how contemporary artists, scientists and philosophers perceive the anatomical body, both terrestrial and extra terrestrial, and how the future of anatomical research is seen to be unfolding. As a “spin off “ of our 2014 Conference “Vesalius Continuum” this symposium wishes to evoke the pioneering spirit of Vesalius in pushing the barriers of thought as wide open as he would undoubtedly insist.  This symposium and exhibition will ponder upon the inadequacies of our organic earth bound bodies and the advancements and revolutionary technological physical enhancements that are occurring with ever gathering speed as we venture into space. These enhancements have transformed and will further change the future of the hitherto “organic carbon man”. The artists, Scientists and philosophers taking part in this event share an intense passion to understand the physical world and the nature of reality, and in their research often push against the boundaries of our knowledge and social acceptance. In addition to hard-core art/sci, this wide-ranging conference includes science fiction; speculations on alien anatomy; cyborgs; artificial intelligence; robotics; the preservation of our bodies in the future; cryonics; philosophy: the nature of reality, the history of the future, Eros and Thanatos :  the future ethics of sex, death and burial. We will discuss whether our bodies are equipped, physically and psychologically, to deal with future space travel, including the extreme isolation in journeys that will last for months and even years and the ability to exist in extremely hostile environments and very confined living quarters. The conference will take place at the Stradins Museum in Riga, Latvia. geographically chosen for its Goldilocks effect to encompass Eastern and Western and global ideas. ( Next stop : planet Proxima B) The Stradins museum of the history of medicine is devoted to past research on space medicine by Latvian scientists in the days of Soviet Russia. Dr Paul Stradins, started the collection in the 1920s, which includes the dog named Chernushka who was launched into orbit aboard Sputnik 9 and survived. A new anatomical museum for Riga is in the making, we will be part of the launch at the conference and with our exhibition.
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