In this minisymposium we would like to ask whether a file, such as the electronic patient record, extends our understanding
of a scientific atlas. By means of complex information architectures, bureaucracy produces dynamic data containers that allow
us to assemble heterogeneous media. Using the example of hospital/medical information systems we, together with our guests,
will investigate whether the integration and structuring of multimodal patient data enriches, or even challenges, the traditional
medical atlas as a school for the visual perception and aesthetic experience of patients’ bodies. In particular, we are interested
in how the introduction of a temporal dimension and the interlinking of patient care, scientific research and patient management
affect clinical practice. Do we, as patients, become multimedial log files and biobanks?
The topic is related to the “Atlas making” project in the Art&Science master’s programme this year. A scientific atlas is
the result of the collective empiricism of a scientific discipline and can be described as a collection of images. These images
play an important role in calibrating the eye of the members and academic offspring of that discipline. (Daston/Galison 2007).
The assignment for the students is to develop an “atlas” that provides a basis for the collective and empirical knowledge
transfer of a newly invented discipline.
Concept & realisation: Bernd Kräftner
in collaboration with Brishty Alam & Valerie Deifel