The Body Electric understands art as an intervention that explores, disrupts, deepens and reimagines medicine.  It offers a set of practices for meaning-making, looking, and reflecting through which we can stand in new relations with the subjects and objects of health care.

« Le corps électrique » considère l’art comme une intervention qui explore, perturbe, approfondit et réinvente la médecine. L’exposition propose une série de pratiques visant la signification et la réflexion afin d’en venir à une nouvelle relation avec les sujets et les objets des soins de santé. »

Initially launched during the 2014 International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE), The Body Electric digital art exhibit annually showcases an inspiring selection of visual art, in a range of media, including photography, drawing, painting, sculpture and video.

Inaugurée lors de la CIFR 2014, l’exposition annuelle d’art numérique « Le corps électrique » consiste en un amalgame inspirant de différentes formes d’art visuel, dont la photographie, le dessin, la peinture, la sculpture et la vidéo.

Curatorial Statements (PDFs)

Curatorial Team

Dr. Allison Crawford, Co-Curator
Dr. Allison Crawford, Co-Curator

Dr. Allison Crawford (MD, PhD) is a Psychiatrist and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, and Director of the Northern Psychiatric Outreach Program and Telepsychiatry at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Her focus is on community and transcultural psychiatry, and arts-based health research. In the Department of English at UofT, her dissertation explored physician-writing in the Canadian Arctic and Inuit literature on health. She is Editor-in-Chief of Ars Medica: A Journal of Medicine, the Arts and Humanitieswww.ars-medica.ca.

Dr. Lisa Richardson, Co-Curator
Dr. Lisa Richardson, Co-Curator

Dr. Lisa Richardson (MA, MD) is an award-winning clinician-educator in the University of Toronto’s Division of General Internal Medicine. Her academic interest lies in the integration of critical, non-bioscientific perspectives within medical education. In the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Lisa is Co-Lead, Person Centred Care Education, Wellness Lead for the Core Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Faculty Co-Lead in Indigenous Medical Education. Lisa currently practices at the Toronto General Hospital, and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Bryn Ludlow, Co-Curator

Bryn Ludlow (BFA, MA) is a digital media artist, and Ph.D. Candidate at York University in the Department of Communication Studies, York and Ryerson Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture, Toronto. Bryn has curated many art exhibits that address medical issues, including “The Light On Our Stories: Exhibit and auction by survivors and secondary survivors of sexual assault” at the Centre for Studies in Women’s Education, OISE/ U of T. From 2008-2010, she co-curated two anatomical art exhibitions of student work from OCAD University, Sheridan College, and the University of Toronto that were exhibited at MaRS Discovery District, the Ontario Science Centre, and OCAD University. http://brynludlow.com .

Erin MacIndoe Sproule, Video and Animation Producer

Erin MacIndoe Sproule is the creative director of Anthroscope Media, a documentary filmmaking company specializing in telling stories about the human experience. This is her second year of involvement with The Body Electric. Erin is a freelance documentary filmmaker, journalist and producer. She has produced and developed content for leading Canadian networks including the CBC, History Channel and Discovery Channel. Currently she works at the University of Guelph’s REDLAB, a research project that uses filmmaking and storytelling to create opportunities for marginalized communities. She has a Masters degree in Fine Art Photography from Instituto Europeo di Design in Madrid, Spain and a Bachelor of Arts in Radio and Television from Ryerson University. http://www.anthroscopemedia.com

Jury and Advisory Group

Prof. Andrea Charise, Advisory Group
Prof. Andrea Charise, Juror and Advisory Group Member

Andrea Charise is an Assistant Professor of Health Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough, where her research and teaching focus is on health humanities, arts-based approaches to health studies, and literary representations of older age. She received the 2014 John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature and has published in venues including Health Expectations, Academic Medicine, Essays in Romanticism, and English Literary History (ELH). She can be found online at www.andreacharise.com or on Twitter as @AndreaCharise.

Prof. Carol Ann Courneya, Juror and Advisory

Prof. Carol Ann Courneya is the founding co-director and co-curator of the White Coat Warm heART (WCWA) National Art Exhibit held annually in conjunction with the Canadian Conference of Medical Education. The WCWA repository can be found at teachingmedicine.com (click on Art Gallery).  Carol Ann’s research is in Medical Education. Recently she has been studying the role of Arts and Humanities in shaping wellness, professional identity and learning in medical students. Her previous interests have included Faculty Development, Admissions and International Medical Education. Carol Ann has ongoing scholarly connections with Patan Academy of Health Sciences in Nepal, and is Assistant Dean, Student Affairs in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. http://cps.med.ubc.ca/faculty/courneya/

Dr. Max Montalvo, Juror and Advisory Group Member

Born and raised in Mexico City, Max Montalvo immigrated to Canada with his family in 1982. He is an assistant professor at Queen’s University and practicing emergency room physician in Kingston, Ontario, where he lives with his wife, their nine-year old son and their cat. Max has worked with The Tragically Hip directing and producing a series of music videos for their last two studio albums, Now for Plan A and Man Machine Poem.  His latest video, “In A World Possessed By The Human Mind” was awarded the best Rock/Alternative video at the 2017 Much Music Video Awards.  In addition, he directed the short film RASPOUTINE, an inside-the-studio look at the band’s album recording process. In 2010 Max directed his first feature length film, EL PAYO, an award-winning documentary chronicling the tragic story of an obscure and influential guitarist from northern Ontario who spawned a vibrant flamenco culture still thriving across Canada. He currently conducts research on sound and light manipulation in the emergency department. https://www.gabanafilms.ca/

Sara Roque, Juror and Advisory Group Member

Sara Roque is a filmmaker, writer, activist and cultural leader who has worked on a number of Indigenous arts initiatives and organizations in Canada and abroad. For the last nine years she has worked as the Indigenous arts officer at the Ontario Arts Council. She has a BA from Trent University and is a recent graduate of the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, Canada’s only land-based university. Sara is Anishinaabe-Metis from Shebanoning-Killarney, a small community nestled in the La Cloche mountains of northern Ontario.

Dr. Stephen Tulk, Advisory Group
Dr. Stephen Tulk, Advisory Group

Dr. Stephen Tulk is a family physician and a medical illustrator, but since September 2016 he has settled down to do just one job as a faculty member at OCADU, teaching anatomy for artists and illustrators.

His clinical practice was in a Community Health Centre where he served high needs patients with barriers to accessing healthcare due to mental health, poverty, immigration, or housing difficulties.

As an educator, Dr. Tulk is interested in making complex medical and scientific concepts accessible to non-scientists. He is fascinated by how the study of human anatomy can help artists and designers understand who we are as humans. http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/design-for-health/faculty.htm#Stephen+Tulk

Prof. Natalie Waldburger, Advisory Group
Prof. Natalie Majaba Waldburger, Juror and Advisory Group Member

Natalie Majaba Waldburger received her MFA from NSCAD University after completing her B.A. specializing in Women’s Studies at Queen’s University and graduating with Honours from the Ontario College of Art and Design where she received the Drawing and Painting Department Medal. Recently Natalie has stepped down as the Ada Slaight Chair of Contemporary Painting and Print Media, the first named Chair in the Faculty of Art at OCAD U. She has resumed a role in Life Studies, an art and science specialization which she helped found at OCAD U University in 2012. Her paintings are represented in various public, private and corporate collections in Europe, North America, and Australia. http://nataliewaldburger.squarespace.com/



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