Digital Insides

Digital Insides is an artist’s project about medical imaging.

New technologies, from computer science to machine learning, are transforming medical imaging and its role in medicine. Medical image technologies convert the medical body into data, entangling the biological with the digital, the material with the immaterial. Machines are changing the very nature of the medical image, its use in medicine, and its relationship to the body.

Digital Insides is a collaborative arts project about trust, evidence, ethics, consent and technology in medical imaging. Through dialogues and artist interventions it aims to reclaim medical images. Pulling them away from clinical settings, Digital Insides asks what else medical images can become.

Visual dialogues are recorded and edited conversations with patients who are looking at their medical images, often for the first time. In these conversations there are both echoes and disruptions of the doctor-patient relationship.  They are an experimental form of collaborative interpretation, which aims to work across and weaken the traditional medical-cultural boundaries.

The project is supported by the Wellcome Trust and is a collaboration between visual artist Liz Orton and radiologist Professor Steve Halligan. It will run to the end of 2018, and new material will be regularly added to the site.

Liz Orton is a visual artist using photography, video and text to explore ideas of authorship and representation in relation to technologies, land and the body. She teaches photography at the London College of Communications and at The Royal London Hospital. She runs workshops in participatory and collaborative practices.  Digital Insides brings together her interests and experiences in collaboration, archives and the medical body.

Steve Halligan is professor of Radiology at University College London (UCL) and Head of the Centre for Medical Imaging.  As well as running a research programme relating to all aspects of imaging gastrointestinal disease, he is a Senior Investigator for the National Institute for Health Research and has authored over 300 indexed articles. Before medical school Prof. Halligan worked as a professional photographer and is keen to foster links between the arts and medicine.