John Blines is an Adelaide emerging artist who graduated from the Adelaide College of the Arts in 2013. In 2015, Blines was the inaugural Flinders Medical Centre SALA Artist-in-Residence. His residency consisted of two concurrent projects: working with cancer patients, carers and staff within the Flinders Infusion Suite to assist patients cope with chemotherapy treatment via active participation in an ‘arts in health’ project; and working with Dr Michael Michael, the head of the Gene Expression Laboratory within the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer. Blines' work explores the nexus of art and science with a central focus on the physiological and psychological impact of a cancer diagnosis; not only on the patient, but also on their family, friends and carers. Both of these projects are ongoing.
About this event
To observe is not merely to 'look', rather, it is a process of determining significance and attaining knowledge. Observation is thus fundamental to both scientific research and artistic practice. observare examines this nexus and documents my ongoing observation of medical research within the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer (FCIC).
My work is not only informed via the unobtrusive observation of medical research, laboratory meetings and the regular seminars held at FCIC and Flinders University, but is also influenced by the physical and emotional environment of FCIC.
Procedurally, the collected observations are schematically collated as a mechanism for consolidating, examining and archiving. Subsequent analysis of these schematics directs further research; currently my research is focused on the probable role that epigenetics has as a psychological modifier.