Fun with Cancer Patients: The Affect of Cancer

Lobel, B. (2016) Fun with Cancer Patients: The Affect of Cancer. In: Performance and the Medical Body. Performance/Science . Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, London. ISBN 9781472570796

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Fun with Cancer Patients: Practice-Based Research and the Affect of Cancer examines Fun with Cancer Patients, a project mixing strategies from live art, intervention performance and current discourses on performance documentation, to examine the personal experience of cancer. Fun with Cancer Patients was researched and developed through a Wellcome Trust Arts Award in 2010 and will be fully realised with a group of teenagers at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in association with Fierce Festival in 2013. This chapter demonstrates the strategies Fun with Cancer Patients takes to challenge all-inclusive narratives of an individual’s cancer experience and provide current cancer patients alternative modes of engagement, particularly for those who find the tools established for cancer patients to be limiting and/or reaffirming of a policed positivity. The chapter argues that Fun with Cancer Patients opens up new spaces for expression and works to capture a patient-focused experience inside of performance creation and subsequent exhibition. Employing theory on applied arts practice by Petra Kuppers and James Thompson, this chapter will demonstrate how Fun with Cancer Patients addresses existing tensions between applied arts projects and their public dissemination as a critical performance element.

Publication Type: Book Sections
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general > NX165 Psychological aspects
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1560 Performing arts. Show business
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Arts and Humanities > Theatre
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Depositing User: Brian Lobel
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2017 14:39
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2021 08:22

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