Object Breast Cancer: visualizing tumors through art


13 Responses to “Object Breast Cancer: visualizing tumors through art”

  1. foobar says:


  2. Stefan Jones says:

    How about printing out the tumor shape, casting it out of something breakable, and smashing the sucker with a sledge hammer?

  3. LinkMan says:

    My aunt has been breast cancer free for about two decades now.  While she was in treatment, she played a lot of Dr. Mario for NES, and credits it with helping her visualize zapping the disease one little 8-bit mass at a time.    The primordial satisfaction that comes with visualization is a powerful thing.

  4. Bonnie Ash says:

    I know a woman who turned her dalkon shield into an earring

  5. JohnBerry says:

    @Stefan: I love that! I work with cancer survivors and this gives me a great idea. Thanks.

  6. ryuchi says:

    i intend this fucker to DISOLVE into nothing, from fuzzy inner body vibrations, ignited by deep slow & light breaths and by silent attention amplifying the vibrant light. DAILY. 5 times a day even. like mud washed away by a slow fresh stream. and i SPIT on the stinking face of “contemporary art” with its artifically promoted arrogant anus-boys and cunts, devoid from anything genuine that’s from the heart, who are readilly catching on, perpetuating, the “trends” of endlessly portraying rotting flesh, sculls, death, or “‘social status figures” on one side (when not rechewing, and reassembling something created in the past by others –nothing new…), or sterile, ascepticized, disneyland-, nazi-clean-like pseudo eco poo-gardens of a history where any contraversy has been omited, any offensive word ‘cleaned’, any brave fact or heart silenced. Carlos Castaneda said: “watch ‘They Live’, this is how things are…” also “When man could choose between Mesmer and Freud he made the asshole choice–he chose Freud…”. But we still have sparks, even a tiny spark, like Rob Dougan’s song, like Tarkovsi’s “Stalker” film, or the replicant from Bladerunner’s last words shining…
    …i mean, this not much in the contex of your message Xeni babylove… 

  7. Mister44 says:

    re: “but there is something primordially satisfying in the idea of being able
    to clearly see the contours, shape, size, and character of this thing.”

    Yes. Yes there is. Visualization goes only so far. Sifting through the levels of an MRI can give you a face for your demon. Sometimes I find it overwhelming – scary even. But it is also cathartic. http://www.flickr.com/photos/63283251@N04/5790258377/in/photostream/

  8. TooGoodToCheck says:

    wow.  not sure why, but I sort of assumed it would be. . .  I dunno.  rounder?  smoother?  something

  9. bigfatlamer says:

    I posted a lengthy, well-researched and extensively linked reply that apparently got eaten by DISQUS. The TL;DR version is:

    Xeni (and JohnBerry…and anyone else), be sure to check out HopeLab.org if you haven’t already. They focus on the AYA (Adolescent/Young Adult) cancer population but have done some pretty cool stuff including creating a (woefully out of date in 2012 but still cool as a concept) FPS called Re:MISSION that was shown to improve social outcomes in kids cured of their cancer. They’re currently working on v.2.0 which will be a series of browser-based minigames and which they’re currently recruiting people 13-29 to test for them.

    I’m not affiliated with them but one of my colleagues (cough…Lance Armstrong’s oncologist…cough) recently had them here to give a talk about their work. My patient population doesn’t really overlap their demographic so I’ve been trying to come up with ways to spread the word about their work.

  10. terry childers says:

    i don’t mean to sound callous, but i think it would be interesting to use 3d tumor imaging data for a “databending” noise music project. raise awareness to the experimental music scene via  databent tumor music. anyone who would like to share the raw files with me, please send files to  cap10wow@@gmail:disqus .com 
    life is art; art is learning; learning is life.

  11. jhertzli says:

    The first thing I thought when I saw the sculpture was: IT’S CTHULHU!

    “…the geometry of the dream-place he saw was abnormal, non-Euclidean, and loathsomely redolent of spheres and dimensions apart from ours.”

  12. Stef of Ing says:

    A colleague had a brain tumour removed in December and is currently undergoing chemo and radio treatments, maybe he’s being brave and stoical but it doesn’t sound quite as bad as I’d imagined. I hope you beat that bastard without too much upchuckage.

  13. SCAQTony says:

    At first I thought it was a meteorite but then realized it was a monster.

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