ESP Biography


Major: Course 20

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2013

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Past Classes

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A5037: Art and Science: The visual culture of HIV public health campaigns in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2011)
Over the last three decades, ever since 1984, when Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) was discovered, a large body of imagery has come to represent this global epidemic. Public health campaigns aiming to bring about effective therapeutic intervention for AIDs rely heavily on the visual culture surrounding this infectious disease. This visual culture serves a multitude of functions, perhaps most importantly to bring about behavior changes in large populations. Artists, NGOs, governments, and other international foundations utilize the power of visual imagery to communicate certain ideas such as ‘safe sex’. The fundamental issue of how art communicates scientific discoveries to general audiences underlies most health related visual imagery. This class will examine the intersection of art and science in HIV public health campaigns. The three broad questions that will be investigated are as follows: 1. What is the visual culture of HIV public health campaigns? What type of images has come to represent the visual culture of this disease? 2. In what ways do art and science come together to create visual meaning in the public health sector? How does art communicate health related scientific discoveries to common people? 3. What are effective and ineffective visual public health campaigns?