Visualizing how art and literature “inform and misinform, represent and misrepresent” the topic of vaccines

Katy Borner katy at INDIANA.EDU
Wed Jun 29 16:34:47 EDT 2011

Dear all,
I hope you can point J.D. Talasek <JTalasek at> to relevant 
visualizing on how art and literature “inform and misinform, represent 
and misrepresent” the topic of vaccines.
Thanks & regards,

On 6/29/2011 4:13 PM, Talasek, J.D. wrote:
> Katy,
> Thanks.
> Here is an overview of the project.  As they are looking primarily for 
> the representation of vaccines through art and literature, I raised 
> the issue of how striking much of the visualizations that you are 
> working with might be included if we can find something that fits.  I 
> highlighted the key info below ...
> The Institute of Medicine (IOM) will hold its annual meeting in 
> October 2011. Over 500 IOM members attend this event. Our focus this 
> year is Vaccines. Along with a broad and in-depth variety of 
> presentations and panel discussions on global, national, legal and 
> ethical issues. Dr. Seth Berkley, most recently appointed Chief 
> Executive Officer of the GAVI Alliance (Global Alliance for Vaccines 
> and Immunisation), will deliver one of the meeting’s keynotes and 
> Anthony Lake, PhD., Executive Director, UNICEF, will deliver a second 
> keynote. Our meeting chairs are: Dr. Tachi Yamada, Professor Ellen 
> Wright Clayton and Dr. Jo Ivey Bouford.
> Though the planning committee has not yet finalized our agenda, 
> several key components to the meeting will include:
> •       Global History and Ethical Challenges
> •       Current Science and Future Challenges
> •       Specific needs of African countries
> As part of our meeting, *The IOM Executive Office has conceived of 
> creating a visually high-impact, digital multimedia installation. The 
> concept is to explore ways in which art and literature “inform and 
> misinform, represent and misrepresent” the topic of vaccines.  The IOM 
> will engage a three-person content committee comprised of 
> consultants/curators/scholars who understand semiotics (the discipline 
> of how meaning is interpreted, how symbols create meaning), art 
> history and the history of medicine/science. This project also 
> underscores as part of its subtext a variety of health literacy 
> issues. The question that the art and literature materials will pose 
> is how institutions within different cultural contexts and with varied 
> cultural repertoires communicate vaccine-related topics to individuals 
> and how these individuals interpret what is being communicated to them.***
> The final product will be presented at the meeting, most likely as an 
> “art installation” (art communicating art). We may also edit shorts 
> from the material to screen at the outset and close of each section of 
> the meeting. Other products created from this material will include:
> •       A DVD give-away to all IOM participants at the meeting
> •       A possible exhibit at the NAS Koshland Museum
> •       A posting of the digital material on the IOM website
> •       A possible Rosenthal Lecture on Art/Literature and Health Care 
> Policy in November

Katy Borner
Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science
Director, CI for Network Science Center,
Curator, Mapping Science exhibit,

School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University
Wells Library 021, 1320 E. Tenth Street, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA
Phone: (812) 855-3256  Fax: -6166

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