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James Gamboa: 50/50
May 13, 2016 - May 15, 2016
OPENING FRIDAY MAY 13, 6-9 PM
MAY 13 – 15, 2016
50/50 presents the question, given the chance to peer into the future of your health, would you opt in or out?
Using the artist’s personal screening and diagnostics, 50/50 examines and abstracts the predictive genetic screening process, and brings the private experience into a public space.
The installation and performance encourages viewers to question their cultural relationships with health and to reflect upon their personal conceptions of uncertainty and corporeality.
FRIDAY, MAY 13
OPENING + PERFORMANCE
SATURDAY, MAY 14
SCREENING | THE LION’S MOUTH OPENS
This verité documentary is about confronting life’s most daunting moments with purpose and grace, the impact of genetic bonds and genetic testing on the people we love, and how we face our destiny. Stunningly courageous young filmmaker-actress Marianna Palka gathers her friends around her as she finds out whether she has inherited Huntington’s disease, an incurable degenerative disorder which took her father and now has a 50% chance of taking her body and her mind. (2014, dir. Lucy Walker, color, 28 min.)
CONVERSATION | POLY-PERSPECTIVE
As modern medicine continues to rapidly advance, we now have the option to peer into the inner workings of our bodies, gaining insight into what may lie ahead for the future state of our health. But do we want in or out—why or why not?
A Panel including filmmaker-actress Marianna Palka, LA-based multi-genre artist Travis Read-Davidson and Dr. Arik Johnson from the UCLA HDSA Center of Excellence discuss the implications of these questions amid the ever-evolving socio-political. Moderated by Samantha Goodman.
SUNDAY, MAY 15
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