Join us for a screening of A Different Kind of Different, with illustrated talks by leading clinicians, curators & social scientists.
About this Event
Who gets to make decisions about our bodies? Control/Consent/Agency is the second in a series of online events marking the release of A Different Kind of Different, an animated short film by Jordan Baseman that charts the psychological impact of breast cancer. Reflecting on the initial ordeal of loss, the film reveals a journey to acceptance via the liberation of – “holy fucking crap!” - mastectomy tattoos.
A screening of the film will be accompanied by illustrated talks that examine agency and health, the patient-doctor relationship, ‘patient-centred care’, and the lasting impact of trauma on our sense of self.
Speakers include Fiona MacNeill, an accomplished consultant breast surgeon who specialises in reconstructive and oncoplastic surgery; artist Lindsay Seers; John Troyer, Director of the Centre for Death and Society; and curator, educator and writer George Vasey. Presentations drawing on the speakers' specialisms will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the artist, moderated by curator and writer Jes Fernie.
About the project
A Different Kind of Different is an animated short film by Jordan Baseman that charts the psychological impact of breast cancer. Featuring a cast of hand-drawn characters, the film’s narrative follows protagonist, Alicia (voiced by an actor). Her story is based on interviews with people who have chosen to wear mastectomy tattoos, and on conversations with scientists and academics.
With both candour and humour, Alicia reflects on life after breast cancer; from the hatred she feels towards her body, to her declaration that her post-chemo hair means she resembles Justin Timberlake (“are you fucking kidding me?”). She recounts the jolt of medical menopause, her rejection of breast reconstruction, followed by her encounter with mastectomy tattoos, and finally the realisation of her own joyful inking.
Live subtitles (remote) by STAGETEXT