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LOVE DATA WEEK: #CovidArt: Bridging the Gap Between Science, Art, and the Public

LOVE DATA WEEK: #CovidArt: Bridging the Gap Between Science, Art, and the Public

In the summer of 2020, Récherche Québec launched an initiative that asked artists and researchers to collaborate on an art project under the hashtag #covidart. Successful candidates were awarded a grant to create a public art installation. Artist Shelley Miller and epidemiologist Joanna Merckx were one of the teams chosen. Together they worked on Graphic/Graphique, a mural that uses data to visualize how the different Montreal boroughs were affected by the first wave of COVID-19. Join them for a conversation about their project, data use for art, alternative ways of disseminating data, and the intersection between STEM and Art.

Shelley Miller is a Montreal-based artist who works both in public spaces and works with the public, creating permanent commission artworks as well as ephemeral sugar murals and community-engagement projects. Since 2010, Shelley has expanded her love of street art and working site-specifically, to include permanent public art commissions to her repertoire. She has created permanent artworks within the healthcare, education, and transportation systems, as well as for private corporations. Each artwork is designed with site in mind, often incorporating local history or materials that reflect their surroundings. Community engagement and empowerment are at the heart of Shelley’s mandate and vision; using art to connect people, provoke thought and to empower. Miller received her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from the Alberta University of the Arts in Calgary and her Master's Degree in Fine Arts from Concordia University in Montreal. For more information, visit her website: www.shelleymillerstudio.com

Joanna Merckx is an epidemiologist, pediatrician and infectious diseases subspecialist. She holds a Master in Epidemiology from McGill University as well as a Doctorate in medicine with a specialty in pediatrics from the University of Louvain, Belgium. She completed her fellowship training in the subspecialty of pediatric infectious diseases at the McGill University Health Centre. Joanna is associate member and course lecturer at McGill University’s Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health. She currently serves as the Director of Medical Affairs Canada for the global diagnostic company bioMérieux. Joanna’s expertise and research focus lay in diagnostics and diagnostic epidemiology in the field of infectious diseases. She is currently co-investigator in the Belgian SARS-CoV-2 sero-prevalence school studies. She has published on social inequalities and the application of social (racial) constructs in medicine.



Photo by Olivier Bousquet



Thursday, February 11, 2021
12:00pm - 1:15pm
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Marcela Isuster

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