Shamanic Tumor Extraction Process - a shorter edited version of a piece made for the Out of Hand show at the Museum of Art and Design, NY. Chanting by Guillermo Arevalo and Janice Weil.

Carcinodaemon Serpentina
These carcinodaemons fuse three different imaging techniques. A shaman manages to see figures that are said to inhabit you using a technique called ‘extraction’, in which the shaman identifies malignant figures and casts them out. An MRI images the breast cancer tumor, identifying its size and location, before the surgeon extracts it. When taken into 3D software, the MRI image of biological matter is translated into an abstract algorithm-based wire mesh form. Here the wire-mesh forms of breast cancer tumors were transformed into the figures seen by the shaman during extractions. In this case a serpent-turtle…

Carcinodaemon Serpentina

These carcinodaemons fuse three different imaging techniques. A shaman manages to see figures that are said to inhabit you using a technique called ‘extraction’, in which the shaman identifies malignant figures and casts them out. An MRI images the breast cancer tumor, identifying its size and location, before the surgeon extracts it. When taken into 3D software, the MRI image of biological matter is translated into an abstract algorithm-based wire mesh form. Here the wire-mesh forms of breast cancer tumors were transformed into the figures seen by the shaman during extractions. In this case a serpent-turtle…

National Public Radio feature on Object Breast Cancer

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Studio 360, a program on National Public Radio, did a feature on Object Breast Cancer, covering the artistic process as well as the impact of the project through interviews with physicians and patients. The program airs in New York City on Saturday August 4 at 4PM, and Sunday August 5 at 11AM.

Outside New York City, please check the schedule of national broadcasts of the program listed here.

You can also listen to the podcast of the program on the Studio 360 website and see some pictures.


Once again, the answer is confirmed, resoundingly: Yes, art can impact science. And health. And life…
After seeing our work in the exhibit and talking extensively with us, renowned surgeon Dr. Alexander Swistel initiated a new research project to investigate 3D features of a breast cancer tumor. Dr Swistel is Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery and a nationally-recognized breast surgeon who pioneered many of the newest advances in breast cancer treatment. Currently, tumors are measured along one length only and the diagnosis and treatment trajectory are planned based on that. But how would measurements like volume, for example, change this? Dr. Swistel is working together with Dr. Michele Drotman on this project, and it could change the way Breast Cancer is seen and treated today. In this we are at the Weill Cornell Breast Center Retreat on July 31, 2012 with Dr. Swistel and Dr. Drotman.

Once again, the answer is confirmed, resoundingly: Yes, art can impact science. And health. And life…

After seeing our work in the exhibit and talking extensively with us, renowned surgeon Dr. Alexander Swistel initiated a new research project to investigate 3D features of a breast cancer tumor. Dr Swistel is Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery and a nationally-recognized breast surgeon who pioneered many of the newest advances in breast cancer treatment. Currently, tumors are measured along one length only and the diagnosis and treatment trajectory are planned based on that. But how would measurements like volume, for example, change this? Dr. Swistel is working together with Dr. Michele Drotman on this project, and it could change the way Breast Cancer is seen and treated today. In this we are at the Weill Cornell Breast Center Retreat on July 31, 2012 with Dr. Swistel and Dr. Drotman.

Modern Art Foundry, Queens, NY

Modern Art Foundry, Queens, NY

Chipping investment at Modern Art Foundry

Patina at the Modern Art Foundry

OBC’s interview with BBC Farsi aired earlier this year. This is part 1.

Proposal for a Public Tumor
This piece is now in a great little show at the CUNY Graduate  Center called Corporealities, referring to the fact that human beings and other organisms are not merely thinking things but are also embodied in myriad ways. In conjunction with a seminar on embodiment supported by the Mellon Foundation, The Committee on Interdisciplinary Science Studies is hosting an exhibition featuring artists whose work deals with body parts, body modification, beauty, disease, sexuality, and biological processes.
Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave (and 34th Street), Suite 5307

Proposal for a Public Tumor

This piece is now in a great little show at the CUNY Graduate Center called Corporealities, referring to the fact that human beings and other organisms are not merely thinking things but are also embodied in myriad ways. In conjunction with a seminar on embodiment supported by the Mellon Foundation, The Committee on Interdisciplinary Science Studies is hosting an exhibition featuring artists whose work deals with body parts, body modification, beauty, disease, sexuality, and biological processes.

Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave (and 34th Street), Suite 5307

"Mix3-Shaman-MRI-Remix_Segment_1"

Here is a 2-minute snippet of the .5 hr audio mix using the MRI session+the Shamanic resonance session. It played in the meditation room with lit up 3D wall sconces… there will be more shamanism in our near future…