Following a research phase grounded in service design and centered on an exploration into the world of images of cancer patients, a new visual language of the disease will be developed and tested in a hospital under actual conditions. Until now, complex medical computer visualizations have been developed only for the purpose of ensuring the accuracy of the physicians´ diagnoses. In the scope of the project under consideration, the newest interface technology will be employed for the medial realization of a psychological, gender-sensitive patient image for the first time, so that it can contribute to a co-creative dialogue between physician and patient.
There are a number of media artworks that deal with the interior worlds of the body, and also make it interactively tangible. This direct and intuitive experience is what is missing from the everyday life of the hospital today, as well as the empowerment of the patient as an emancipated, independent individual in the course of diagnosis and therapy. It is this intuitive understanding and interaction with representations of the disease that would increase patient competence and improve the individual mental state of patients in the therapy process.
“Healing Images – DIY” is methodologically based on a research approach in design theory called “Research Through Design” (Christopher Frayling) as well on the discipline of Service Design for healthcare (Birgit Mager a.o.). The scientific research question, namely how an articulation (Bruno Latour) of the disease can appear that makes it possible for both physician and patient to deal with the disease better, will be translated in the first research phase into an artistic research question. It´s basis is a study drawn on patient images and the symbolic treatment of the same. The created interactive media artwork will be tested in the everyday life of a hospital under the supervision and care of a leading oncologist. The work of art will become an integral component of an everyday medical routine. An especially designed setting following the research results in Service Design will support the emancipated interaction.