Professor Rob Kesseler, Chair of Arts, Design & Science, invited Roger Kneebone, Professor of Surgical Education in the Department of Surgery & Cancer at Imperial College London, to set up his pop-up operating theatre in the Street at Central Saint Martins (23 Oct 2014).
The operating theatre is a place that (hopefully) we seldom experience with our eyes open – unless we happen to be a doctor. It is a complex arena where teamwork, technology and environment are harnessed for the well-being of the patient. But could it be changed or improved?
A group of twelve students from across the University were invited by Professor Rob Kesseler to take part in an immersive experience of just what it is like to work in an operating theatre and to pose the question – how as a community of designers and artists with a unique perspective on life, could we offer different perspectives and benefits to the practices of surgery.
Subsequent meetings between the students and the medical team from Imperial College explored responses to the experience and ways things might be improved.
CSM BA Product Design student James Winston went on to observe a live amputation as part of his research into developing improved prosthetic limbs and has since been successfully awarded a two year SEED Funding grant from UAL to develop and explore the commercial viability of his concept.
For more information about the work of Roger Kneebone, including his recent session with Ceramic Design students at CSM, you can watch the Looking Deeply video on YouTube.