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CHRISTIAN BERTHELOT WINS £10,000 MEDICINE UNBOXED CREATIVE PRIZE 2015

French photographer CHRISTIAN BERTHELOT has been announced as the winner of the £10,000 Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize 2015.
The prize was awarded by prize sponsor K. Bill Dost of D&D Leasing and Chair of Judges Tom de Freston.

The winning entry is the CESAR series of photographs taken immediately after the birth of babies born by cesarean section.
Christian says about the CESAR project: "This project was born of a reality: the birth of my first child. It was an emergency and surgery was needed to save him and his mother. When I saw him for the first time, he was bloodied and covered in this white substance called vernix. He was like a warrior who had just won his first battle, like an angel out of darkness. What a joy to hear him scream. It was life, and I had the opportunity to photograph him from the start."

Christian Berthelot was born in 1976. He lives and works in
Brittany, France. In 2002, he obtained a professional qualification in photography and he became a show photographer for various theater and dance companies. In 2012, through a meeting with an obstetrician, he discovered the world of the operating theater and of childbirth.

You can learn more about the CESAR project at
http://www.christianberthelot.com/

Chair of judges Tom de Freston said about Christian’s winning entry: “This project reframes perceptions of caesarian section birth, through startling portraits of the first seconds of life. The theatrical nature of the lighting, compositions and iconography echoes masterpieces of the Italian Baroque. They express the possibility that art and science can step into the void previously filled by religion. Like all great art they are images that stay on our retinas and in our memories.”
The judges for the Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize 2015 were Tom de Freston (artist), Christopher Potter (writer), Julian Baggini (philosopher) and Tiffany Atkinson (poet).

The Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize is generously funded by D&D Leasing UK Ltd and Bibby Financial Services, and was founded through a bequest from Noel and Goula Conway.

We would like to congratulate Christian, and all of the shortlisted artists for their submissions which were shortlisted from over 60 international entries.

The shortlisted artists for the Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize were:
SUBATHRA SUBRAMANIAM, 'Under My Skin', about which the judges said: “The process is one of genuine collaboration and exchange between the worlds of dance and surgery, finding harmony between the language of two types of theatre. It is a performance which manages to translate the precise movement and dexterity off the operating theatre into the rhythm and drama of dance. In its physicality and choreography a work of mesmeric beauty has been crafted, which uses movement to move us.”

IAN WILLIAMS, 'The Bad Doctor' about which the judges said: “In the Bad Doctor Ian Williams has produced a graphic novel which probes the relationship and the struggle to be a compassionate GP, it presents the human face at both sides of the doctor patient divide. This struggle is articulated with a visual eloquence, which marries a fluidity in line to a pulse of narrative rhythm. It is an important insight into the human difficulties and frailties at the frontline of medicine. The Bad Doctor is a fantastic graphic novel, an elegant work of art and literature."

EDWARD WICKHAM and CHRISTOPHER FOX, 'Tales from Babel: Adventures in the Science of Hearing' about which the judges said “The project is founded on a synergy between scientific and musical research into the nature of listening. The meticulous process results in highly sophisticated and polished acoustic experiences. The work has its roots in medieval polyphonic choral music but is utterly contemporary, through it six of wit, formal inventiveness and layered surprises. The result is to reinvigorate and change the entire way we listen, both to music and to the wider network of voices and melodies that surround us.”

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We'd like to acknowledge the generous support of our sponsor Bill Dost of D&D Leasing for the Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize 2015. 

The judges are making their decision about the award of the prize to one of the shortlisted artists - IAN WILLIAMS ('The Bad Doctor'), SUBATHRA SUBRAMANIAM ('Under My Skin'), CHRISTIAN BERTHELOT ('CESAR') and EDWARD WICKHAM and CHRISTOPHER FOX ('Tales from Babel: Adventures in the Science of Hearing').

The prize will be awarded on Saturday 21 November at the Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham. 
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE MEDICINE UNBOXED CREATIVE PRIZE
IAN WILLIAMS: 'The Bad Doctor'.

'The Bad Doctor' is a graphic novel about the life of a country doctor and those of his patients.

The New York Times said about The Bad Doctor: "The territory of doctor as patient has been visited before, but Dr. Williams’s iteration and its resolution are as subtle and thought provoking as the best of them, with the always worthwhile message that the roles into which humans sort themselves are as mutable as the rituals they accept and reject, and the calls for help they choose to hear or not."

Ian Williams Is a physician, comics artist and writer, based in Brighton, UK. He founded the Graphic Medicine website in 2007 and currently edits it with MK Czerwiec. He is co-author of the Graphic Medicine Manifesto, also from Penn State University Press and has written for various medical, humanities and comics publications and has contributed a series of comic strips to The Guardian newspaper.
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I'm a published poet involved in all things poetic spoken and written. I'm also disabled with three chronic conditions. I'd like to be involved here as I like what I see on the website. My Respiratory consultant suggested I have a look so I have and I think the whole ethos of medicine breaking the boundaries of technical knowledge and joining with the arts is great. Hope to be here again soon.

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SUBATHRA SUBRAMANIAM: 'Under My Skin'.

Cutting across art and medicine, Under My Skin explores and evokes the unseen, unspoken practices of the operating theatre, lifting the veil on a closed, clinical and tightly choreographed world. Drawing on both contemporary #dance   and ancient Bharata Natyam, a South Indian dance form, three highly-skilled performers invite the audience to share an insider’s perspective on #surgical   procedures, where intricate detail, perfect timing and precisely controlled exchanges are not just an artistic goal, but a matter of life and death.

Subathra says about 'Under my skin': "I am trying to open up the intimate world of the operating theatre to the public through dance and spoken word. The collaboration for this piece included spending lots of time in operating theatres. It was incredible to be working with a surgeon who was also actively involved in public engagement by regularly setting up public surgery simulations. The process involved my dancers being part of these surgery simulations and getting real hands on experiences of the subject matter."

'Under my Skin' was Co-commissioned by Pavilion Dance South West and ICIA Bath. Supported by Akademi, Dance 4, South East Dance, Buckinghamshire New University and Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts.

More about Under My Skin at:

http://www.sadhanadance.com/works/under-my-skin/
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CHRISTIAN BERTHELOT: 'CESAR'.

The 'CESAR' series is the artistic follow-up to a #photographic report about the obstetrician’s job in operating theaters.'CESAR' is about children's #portraits. They were all born through #caesarean section and are all only a few seconds old.

Christian says about this 'CESAR': "This project was born of a reality: the birth of my first child. It was an emergency and surgery was needed to save him and his mother. When I saw him for the first time, he was bloodied and covered in this white substance called vernix. He was like a warrior who had just won his first battle, like an angel out of darkness. What a joy to hear him scream. It was life, and I had the opportunity to photograph him from the start."

See some of the images from 'Cesar' at:

http://www.christianberthelot.com/…/photographies-cesar.html

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE MEDICINE UNBOXED CREATIVE #PRIZE  
EDWARD WICKHAM and CHRISTOPHER FOX: 'Tales from Babel: Adventures in the Science of Hearing'.

Tales from Babel is the umbrella title for a series of collaborations between #vocal   ensemble The Clerks, its director Edward Wickham, composer Christopher Fox and a team of scientific collaborators including Professor Sarah Hawkins, Professor Ian Cross, Professor Charles Fernyhough, Dr Antje Heinrich and Dr Sarah Knight.

Tales from Babel represents an evolving portfolio of works engaging with #medical   issues through innovative musical presentations. Though originally conceived as part of full-length concert performances, the musical elements are to an extent modular, and can be excerpted and re-combined, or stand alone as part of more traditional concert programmes.

These projects – three so far, with another to be premiered in September – have all been supported by Wellcome Trust Arts Awards, have been performed in venues across the UK, and have received significant coverage in the broadcast and print media.
The connecting theme of Tales from Babel is the science of hearing, and the challenges which arise when hearing is compromised in various ways. The first two projects explore the ‘cocktail party problem’ and the psychology and neuro-science behind hearing in complex auditory environments. The third, entitled Phantom Voices, deals with the phenomenon of auditory hallucinations, where real and imagined sounds vie for the listeners’ attention. In each case, we have created new musical works for vocal ensemble The Clerks which are performed live, amidst an immersive soundscape of pre-recorded interviews, songs, conversation and scientific exposition.

More about Tales from Babel at:

http://www.talesfrombabel.co.uk/

http://www.theguardian.com/…/experiments-listening-hearing-…

SHORTLISTED FOR THE MEDICINE UNBOXED CREATIVE PRIZE
IAN WILLIAMS: 'The Bad Doctor'.

'The Bad Doctor' is a graphic novel about the life of a country doctor and those of his patients.

The New York Times said about The Bad Doctor: "The territory of doctor as patient has been visited before, but Dr. Williams’s iteration and its resolution are as subtle and thought provoking as the best of them, with the always worthwhile message that the roles into which humans sort themselves are as mutable as the rituals they accept and reject, and the calls for help they choose to hear or not."

Ian Williams Is a physician, comics artist and writer, based in Brighton, UK. He founded the Graphic Medicine website in 2007 and currently edits it with MK Czerwiec. He is co-author of the Graphic Medicine Manifesto, also from Penn State University Press and has written for various medical, humanities and comics publications and has contributed a series of comic strips to The Guardian newspaper.

More about 'The Bad Doctor' at:

http://www.thebaddr.com 

www.graphicmedicine.org

THE MEDICINE UNBOXED CREATIVE PRIZE SHORTLIST

The judges have now arrived at a shortlist of artists who will be invited to submit a final entry for the £10,000 Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize 2015. They are:

EDWARD WICKHAM and CHRISTOPHER FOX: 'Tales from Babel: Adventures in the Science of Hearing'.

IAN WILLIAMS: 'The Bad Doctor'.

SUBATHRA SUBRAMANIAM: 'Under My Skin'.

CHRISTIAN BERTHELOT: 'CESAR'.

We'd like to offer our congratulations to Edward, Christopher, Ian, Subathra and Christian, and our thanks and commiserations to the longlisted artists and to all of those who sent an expression of interest.

We had a hugely diverse range of submissions this year and we would like to thank all of those who entered for engaging with the Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize.

The £10,000 prize will be presented to the winner on Saturday 21 November at Medicine Unboxed: Mortality at the Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham.

THE MEDICINE UNBOXED CREATIVE PRIZE 2015: LONGLIST

We had an astonishing range of entries for the prize this year.
The judges have been working to select a shortlist of artists who will be invited to submit a final entry for the prize, but felt that they also wanted to publish a longlist. The longlist recognises artists whose work the judges consider to be of an incredibly high standard and that speaks to the themes of the Medicine Unboxed project.

The shortlist will be announced on 20 July.

LEO MAGUIRE 
A project that explores masculine identity in contemporary society through a sculpture of a disabled war veteran.

EDWARD WICKHAM
'Tales from Babel: Adventures in the Science of Hearing', a portfolio of works that engage with medical issues through musical presentations.

IAN WILLIAMS
'The Bad Doctor', a story that explores the professional's doubts and feelings of inadequacy, sexual tension in the healthcare setting, negative feelings towards patients, and the ‘doctor as patient’.

SARAH HESKETH
'The Hard Word Box', a collection of poems and texts that reflect the absurdities and depersonalising nature of much of the language used in care.

RAVI THORNTON
'Sasha's Trial', a film that follows sixteen-year-old Sasha, who struggles with anxiety, and her Grandad, who suffers from dementia.

MATT WINKWORTH and CHRIS BUSH
'The Life and Many Deaths of Mary Mallon', a song cycle written for three vocalists about the life of Mary Mallon, an Irish immigrant at the centre of a typhoid epidemic in turn-of-the-century New York.

LUCY LYONS
'Drawing Parallels', an installation that through drawing, sound, images and text explores people's reactions to foetal and neonatal specimens.

CHRISTIAN BERTHELOT
'CESAR' a series of photographs that document caesarean sections.

RHIAN SOLOMON
'Reconstructing Ourselves', a project that explores the stories, lives and experiences of breast reconstruction patients and staff at The Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastics.

SUBATHRA SUBRAMANIAM
'Under My Skin', a combination of contemporary dance and ancient Bharata Natyam that explores and evokes the unseen, unspoken practices of the operating theatre.
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