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In Surgical Sleep published in Interalia Journal, March 2016 - An updated and revised version of the paper - first written in 2000 - was published in Interalia: an online magazine dedicated to the interactions between the arts, sciences and consciousness.
"Versions of this paper were originally presented at three conferences in 2000 (‘The Impact of the Artistic Imagination on Science and Technology during the Second Half of the 20th Century’, a panel at the CAA conference, NYC, USA; ‘Uncommon Senses’ at Concordia University, Montreal and ‘Consciousness Reframed: Art, Technology and Consciousness’ at CAiiA-STAR, Newport, Wales). Despite the lengthy intervening passage of time, I’m curious to revisit this territory – prompted by my participation in the current Wellcome Collection exhibition States of Mind: tracing the edges of consciousness where I encountered Aya Ben Ron’s film Still Under Treatment (2005). This work, filmed at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, displays the moment at which seven patients fall unconscious under general anaesthetic. Witnessing their surrender to dreamless surgical sleep is an undeniably troubling experience."