Diseased sputum: pathological aesthetics, pathological imaging

As cursed as difficult, as deep as sin, under the seemingly beautiful and beautiful skin, the disease is expanding with the organization and blood vessels, fear and hatred have been imprinted in the blood and spread rapidly. The pathological slice sounds the alarm of the body, and the stained cells depict the unknown of the past - this is derived from the microscopic world of our body, like the ancient symbol of incomprehensible and mysterious, with its own consciousness; and its forward direction, it declares us The impending promise is unfortunate. We hate it, cast it aside, refuse to know it further, regard it as the evil of fate on the individual, disrupt the pace of our lives, and deprive us of a beautiful blueprint for future planning. However, if you gaze carefully at this moment, the path of the lesions portrays the delicate wrinkles of life. It is an unrepeatable experience. It is recorded in detail and honestly. The laws examined under the microscope and the irregular flowers are the same. Proof of life.




The judgment of the physician's mouth declares the impending process of suffering; before the survival and disease, the life of the people. So fair without a trace of pity, morbidity in our body gave birth to the strange appearance, difficult to understand and control, and even hinted at the death of sour. Roots are based on fear and hatred of death and suffering. We have absurd imaginations about the appearance of the disease: dark and unclear, arrogant, and perhaps bloody. This time, it was planned by the students of the medical department of China Medical University.Morbid aesthetics. Pathological slice imaging exhibition"Naked reveals the truth of morbidity, and counts the disease one by one; the rich picture that is extended by morphology makes this regarded as a very evil existence, and finds resonance in the artistic vocabulary.




Nodular Goiter of the Thyroid

"The pathology studied by the Faculty of Medicine is based on anatomy, histology, embryology and physiology. In simple terms, it is a study of the disease. From the cause, the pathogenesis, what happens in the body. Reactions, such as how immune cells fight disease, how to treat, restore, etc., explore the process of disease in depth.” Talking about the opportunity to show the exhibition, the curatorial team explained that everything stems from the learning process as a medical student. For the average person, the disease is mostly ugly and even evil. Fear and rejection are the most common reactions to the disease. These images are, to some extent, the privilege of some people (physicians and medical students), but we I think this is the knowledge shared by all mankind. I want to use this exhibition to try to express the state of "pathological" in everyday life. From another angle, the "morbid" appearance under the microscope, and other things in the world. In the same way, there is still a sense of beauty.” Based on the textbooks of medical students, the curatorial team links the difficult research of pathology with the beauty of life. Artistic promotion, which allows the public a deeper understanding of the disease.










Nodular goiter, meningioma, atherosclerosis, hepatic steatosis, colonic black lesions, renal cell carcinoma, acute appendicitis, gastric ulcer, breast mucinous carcinoma... after sampling, embedding, sectioning, spreading, staining, sealing A variety of steps, such as tablets, according to its etiology, symptoms and morphology, a variety of diseased slice images, red or purple depicting large and small contours of diseased tissue and cells, such as mosaic window-like blooms, such as sandstone Flowing, such as the tangled whirlpool strokes of Van Gogh's pen. "Remember that Feynman once said a story. An artist once said to him, "Scientists can't appreciate a flower, you will analyze it unconsciously." But with the experience of our medical students, we have different opinions. Compared with professional pathology, art is of course close to life. Take the exam as an example, we will unconsciously use non-professional methods to record its details, explain the sliced ​​images with aesthetic perspectives, and use various artistic expressions as associations to remember Difficult medical discourse.” Speaking of how to use this exhibition to make science find resonance in art, the curatorial team smiled and explained, “Sometimes looking at the slide under the microscope, the brain will think, if at this time When Jiang Xun’s voice is heard, I don’t know how he will comment on this picture (Laughter). You can say that the pathologist’s process of judging the sliced ​​image is like appreciating an art painting, and it is based on the morphology of the lesion.








Pain and disease are extremely personal experiences. The pathological slice image is like a memory carrier that condenses life fragments; each line is very similar but very different, like fingerprints or palm prints, carefully documenting the appearance and history of the individual with veins and contours. - The wild youth, the bitterness of each insomnia night, and the diminished life of each taste are embedded in your body. Perhaps because of choice, age, accident, or lifestyle, the variability of the disease manifests itself in the individual. Compared with the general public's strangeness, medical students have long watched the diseases that occurred on others under the microscope, and it seems to be closer to suffering and death. "From the cause to the result, it is a bit like a risk assessment. Medicine is somehow tempting the patient's life. An experienced doctor can judge the patient's disease from age, occupation, lifestyle, and family history. The complex of prejudice puts everyone into the established impressions of the society. These impressions may lead to misperceptions, whether it is the cause or the understanding of a person. What is really challenging is that we can Whether to exclude such prejudice, to get rid of the impression of the engraving, to find out the real problem of the cause of the disease." There is a distant but distant distance for the obsessive morbidity, and the curatorial team can view the world from different angles. In life, whether we can also exclude prejudice and use science and logic to understand the world."


Acute appendicitis
Meningiooma Meningioma
Hepatic steatosis Hepatic Steatosis

The alienation and grotesque beauty comes from the complicated writing of the human body like a code; the images derived from the extremely small units are magnified to bring the visual shock. "Remember the cover of the October 2015 issue of Dazhi is a bird's eye view of the Fireman Festival. As a result of occupational diseases, we feel like a slice of bone tissue (laugh). This discovery also allows us to rethink our relationship with the outside world. The curatorial team talked about the interesting findings of this exhibition. "Most people are hard to jump out of secular values ​​and frameworks, and this theme is also true for medical students. We are trained to give pictures under the microscope, a medical one." The standard answer. But if you look at the big picture, in fact, this micro world has the same ingenious logic as the real world we live in. The arrangement and structure of the organization, and the everyday, whether artificial or natural, can each other Imagined the connection. "The gestures of all beings, under the gaze of distant distances, are very similar to the microscopic world under the microscope. Starting from pathological research, the curatorial team also hopes to use the morbid aesthetics exhibition and other collaborations of the same BIO-ART group to connect medicine to social issues such as labor, pollution, and physician overwork.


Gastric Ulcer Gastric Ulcer
Mucinous Carcinoma of the Breast
Colonic black lesions Melanosis coli

The world under the microscope shows the ingenious process and results of fate in the individual. Whether it is a normal unhealed tissue section or a morbid state revealed in the exhibition, it implies the experience and beauty of each individual life. "A teacher had a meningioma a few years ago, and later he was removed by surgery. He decided to live in a different way. This exhibition he also looked at because of the disease period - based on medical ethics and patient privacy, the pathologist watched the slice I don't know the patient's name—he didn't see the true look of his brain tumor model. He saw the meningioma slice at the exhibition that day and felt very touched.” Different visitors will display images based on their life experience. The self-linking gives the exhibition the meaning of the image, and the curatorial team has a deep understanding. "This makes us more aware that what we see under the microscope is not just a disease, but a patient. Behind this disease People are part of the family and social structure. This is something that we must remind ourselves after reading a lot of books." The pathological slice is a scientific experiment, and the viewer’s story extends to the curatorial team. Unexpected emotions and perceptions, just as the emotional experiments that art has caused in thinking.






At the end of the interview, for the plan to continue the promotion of morbid aesthetics, "In the long run, we want to be a social enterprise, let everyone face up to the disease. Most of us are disrupted after we find out that we are sick, we may not work or live, or even It causes more negative mental illness. But because it is discovered early that the disease exists in its own body, it can be saved from timely death and treated. We want to use other creative or design-related methods to make patients outside the negative emotions Positive and positive attitudes to face the disease.” Through exhibitions and ongoing creations, morbid aesthetics presents a section of life, whether it is healing or still a breach, it comes from you and my body, symbiotic with you and me – ironically, There are still some intimacy. Putting down resentment and hostility, it counts the past self, it records the subtle life experience, it writes a page of life, the common suffering of mankind has since become the epitome of the world's working people - whether it is good or bad, It is proof that we have lived.




Curation team
Huang Yizhen, Huang Yanlin, Wang Haoen, Zhou Jiarong, Qiu Guanhua, Shi Wei, Zhang Zhiming, Chen Peixin, Chen Weibang, Chen Derui, Huang Baizhen, Huang Jixian, Yang Yurong, Liu Wei, Cai Jiarong, Xu Yining


"Sick aesthetics. Pathological section imaging exhibition
Art Center of China Medical University, 91 Xueshi Road, North District, Taichung City
Exhibition period: until January 15, 2016
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Photography/ Man Chi.