I spent this week looking for more artists to feature in my chapter, as I really would like to highlight the creations of those who have worked to inform about and reduce stigma associated with vaccines. I want to, again, stress the importance and value of art in enacting change by sparking discussion in nearly every divisive topic, as I feel it is sometimes overlooked. One notable artist I came across in my research this week and would like to add to my final paper is Vik Muniz. Vik Muniz was commissioned along with a variety of other artists for a campaign in the hopes of encouraging vaccination by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The main goal of the project, known as “The Art of Saving a Life,” is to incite discussion and thought exchange as a result of the artworks in the campaign. The piece Vik Muniz created that ended up being used in “The Art of Saving a Life” was a unique floral piece that was created using liver cells that were infected by the virus used in the production of the smallpox vaccine (Ryzik, 2015). I aim to further explore the direct and indirect impacts of Muniz’s art, as well as that of the project “The Art of Saving a Life,” since its publication over 5 years ago.
Vik Muniz’s liver cell art piece for “The Art of Saving a Life” (Muniz)
We have also decided the order of our group members within the (Mis)Information chapter:
Emma: history of pandemics
Trina: conspiracy theories
Omar: racial inequality
Ali: social psychology of protest
Arron: hoarding and panic
Darius: minimal art influencing decisions
Sarah: future of vaccines
I have included an updated version of my extended outline from last week:
COVID-19: Background on the virus
The virus is thought to have originated in Wuhan, China from an animal intermediary between bats and humans
How is it transmitted?
What are symptoms associated with it?
Who is most affected/most at-risk?
Precautionary measures taken across the world
Variances between states
Timelines of spread
Antibodies are the body’s response to a foreign invader
Applications of antibodies in science
Immunofluorescence - how does it work?
What is a vaccine/how does it work
Historical background of vaccines
Who created the first vaccine?
Meningococcal and pneumococcal
Describe how vaccines work
Include antibody significance
Politics of vaccines
Discuss anti-vaccination stances
Historical protests against vaccines
Recent anti-vaccination protests
Protests to re-open overlap with anti-vaccination stance
Refutation of stances
Arguments in support of vaccines
Arguments debunking common anti-vaccination arguments
Issues surrounding vaccine production for COVID-19
Quality vs. speed
Vaccine development timeline
Include reopening public spaces protests contradicting with anti-vaccination despite overlap
Who will receive the vaccine first?
Frontline workers vs. general public
Those that can’t afford vs. wealthiest
What will distribution look like?
Necessity vs. price
Artists involved with vaccines/antibodies
Include publications on medical students’ interacting with parents
How to better interact/converse with anti-vaccination parents
Discuss photo series on vaccines
Dr. Yujun Chen
Elaborate on other artists from the photomicrography contest
Examples of photomicrography
“I was stricken by the unexpected beauty of small things.”
Immunofluorescence instagram account
Include interview of Sung / background information / why did he start the account
Example photos from account
“The Art of Saving a Life” piece for Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Impact of entire vaccine art campaign
“Waste Land” film and artwork associated with it
Proposal for antibody artwork
Using antibodies to inform about antibodies
Photo series of immunofluorescent lung tissue samples of COVID-19 patients at different stages/severities
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