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SURGE II Private View | Without Form | Online Exhibition

SURGE 2 poster
  • Written byFred Kavanagh
  • Published date 20 January 2023
SURGE 2 poster
Image: Camila Rivero-Lake


SURGE II brought together scientists, artists, and the public to explore the application of technology in surgery.

This collaborative project between UAL’s Post-Grad Community and UCL’s Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences (WEISS) culminated in a week-long exhibition at London College of Communication’s Lower Gallery.

While the live exhibition has finished, Without Form have curated a low carbon online exhibition space to showcase the artwork that has been collaboratively produced between the artists, researchers, and patient groups


Private View

On Tuesday 10 January 2023, we warmly welcomed artists, researchers, patient groups, and friends to consider the complexities of technology in surgery, covering ethical themes of agency, informed consent, and inclusive communications, as well as the societal implications around inequitable access and improvements in emotional support.

SURGE II Private View

It also marked the first time that artworks from SURGE I were physically displayed. The outcomes produced included 3D prototypes, speculative research, creative support platforms and immersive virtual experiences, evidencing the strength and urgency of collaboration between the creative and the scientific fields

Having them alongside SURGE’s second instalment, we presented some of the common ethical and practical considerations of integrating technology into the care of a variety of patient groups. Furthermore, we began tracing the evolving perceptions of surgical technologies and changing needs of the patient.

SURGE II Contributors:

Carla Fernández Arce, MA Data Visualisation (London College of Communications)

Iris Tsang, MA Fashion Cultures and Histories (London College of Fashion)

Maria Li Lok Yee, MA Bio Design (Central Saint Martins)

Dr. Biswajoy Bagchi, WEISS Researcher

Chloe He, WEISS Researcher

Dr. Richard Colchester, WEISS Researcher

SURGE I Contributors:

Janet Choi, MA Material Futures alum (UAL)

Sophie Huckfield, MA Material Futures alum (UAL)

Priya Odedra, MA Art and Science alum (UAL)

Molly Macleod, MA Art & Science alum (UAL)

Lucy Hutchinson, Artist

Richard Colchester, WEISS Researcher

George Dwyer, WEISS Researcher

Tijana Jevtic Vojinovic, WEISS Researcher

Ester Bonmati, WEISS Researcher

Alex Grimwood, WEISS Researcher

SURGE 1 and 2 were developed and managed by Post-Grad Community and WEISS.

Exhibition Graphic Designer: Camila Rivero-Lake

Image credits: Catriona Mahmoud, Post-Grad Community Liaison Coordinator

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UAL Post-Grad Community

Established in 2013, Post-Grad Community is an inclusive platform for all UAL postgraduate students to share work, find opportunities and connect with other creatives within the UAL and beyond. Find out more