IMAGINATIONS 11-2 | <Immune Nations>
Research-Creation at the Intersection of
Vaccine Science and Global Health Policy
Guest Editor: Natalie Loveless
Editor-in-Chief: Markus Reisenleitner
Managing Editor: Brent Ryan Bellamy
English Substantive and Copy Editor: Lee Campbell
French Translator and Editor: Dominique Laurent
Web & PDF Layout and Design: Markus Reisenleitner
<ImmuneNations> McMaster Museum of Art Program
For the McMaster Museum of Art, the exhibition presents original work alongside new work produced in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
<ImmuneNations> Galleri KiT & UNAIDS Program
Featuring collaborative art & research projects by Jesper Alvaer, Julia Belluz, Sean Caulfield, Timothy Caulfield, Patrick Fafard, Caitlin Fisher, Steven J. Hoffman, Johan Holst, Annemarie Hou, Alison Humphrey, Kaisu Koski, Vicki S. Kwon, Patrick Mahon,
Lathika Sritharan, Mkrtich Tonoyan, and Rachelle Viader Knowles.
Curated by Natalie S. Loveless.
“Interactive video game highlights impact of vaccine decision making”
By Megan Mueller
An interactive video game brings to life the spread of viruses and the impact of vaccine decision making in a wholly original way. This interdisciplinary and policy-relevant work, led by a York U PhD student, is designed to spark the public imagination.
“Exploring Vaccine Hesitancy Through an Artist–Scientist Collaboration:
Visualizing Vaccine-Critical Parents’ Health Beliefs”
Kaisu Koski and Johan Holst
This project explores vaccine hesitancy through an artist–scientist collaboration. It aims to create better understanding of vaccine hesitant parents’ health beliefs and how these influence their vaccine-critical decisions. The project interviews vaccine-hesitant parents in the Netherlands and Finland and develops experimental visual-narrative means to analyse the interview data. Vaccine-hesitant parents’ health beliefs are, in this study, expressed through stories, and they are paralleled with so-called illness narratives. The study explores the following four main health beliefs originating from the parents’ interviews: (1) perceived benefits of illness, (2) belief in the body’s intelligence and self-healing capacity, (3) beliefs about the “inside–outside” flow of substances in the body, and (4) view of death as a natural part of life. These beliefs are interpreted through arts-based diagrammatic representations. These diagrams, merging multiple aspects of the parents’ narratives, are subsequently used in a collaborative meaning-making dialogue between the artist and the scientist. The resulting dialogue contrasts the health beliefs behind vaccine hesitancy with scientific knowledge, as well as the authors’ personal, and differing, attitudes toward these.
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