This work is all about the history of disease transmission. It was my intention that sound would ‘oblige the public to wait, to listen and think. I have used QR Codes to enable viewers to access the sound aspects of the works without having to touch them. You can use a QR code app. on your phone to hear the sounds yourself.
Epidemics may have been rare but they became terrifying once population density increased. At that time people’s ignorance led to magical, or religious, explanations of disease sent by the gods as punishment for their sins. Listen to a spooky rendition of Ring a Roses all about the Black Death pandemic.
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A pathological state of the atmosphere was associated with infectious diseases and this became the miasma theory of contagion. I chose the model of a balloon decorated with Tuberculosis bacteria and suggestively full of bad air.
In 1862 the French chemist Louis Pasteur proposed a germ theory supporting that microorganisms are the cause of diseases. Ultimately it was a German scientist Robert Koch (1843-1910) who developed the criteria and procedures necessary to establish that a particular microbe and no other cause a particular disease.
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Web of Causation
Web of Causation describes how a multitude of different people, social and physiological environments now make up the way in which disease is passed from one person to another. The evocative sound of an airport announcement is a symbol of movement in the modern world.
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