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Exhibit at TEDMED Conference

Patient Translations
TEDMED
Kennedy Center, Washington DC
April 16 – 19, 2013

Sound artist Halsey Burgund and I bring a second iteration of our collaborative audio and visual artwork Patient Translations to TEDMED. While TED is a nonprofit devoted to "Ideas Worth Spreading", TEDMED is a focused offshoot, a "multi-disciplinary community of innovators and leaders who share a common determination to create a better future in health and medicine." Once a year TEDMED curates an unusual and provocative program that celebrates the "power of unexpected connections to create important new possibilities." A Patient Translations recording booth and art installation accompany an iOS app and website. All allow the public to contribute his or her voice to the artwork, as well as listen to Halsey's evolving audio collage of music and voices. 

The work has been generously commissioned by the Robert Wood Johnson FoundationMad*PowBostonCHI, and John Snow, Inc (JSI).

TEDMED Blog post by Stacy Lu, April 9, 2013
"... the topic of health lends itself to poignant storytelling. 'There is anxiety and fear for what’s going to happen to yourself or people you love. It’s these sort of moments where people are really to express a lot about who they are as individuals,' Burgund says. The work also gave the artists a chance to portray a universal though often hidden experience, they say."

WBUR CommonHealth Blog post Translating Your Medical Story Instantly Into Audio Art by Carey Goldberg, June 28, 2013
"You won’t be regaled with a beginning-to-end story of, say, a heart attack from first twinge to hospital to recovery. Rather, you’ll be immersed in bits and pieces of human experience, all united by one concept: what it’s like to be a patient." 

Kelly Sherman