Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Life in the Time of Coronavirus #11 Immunology: Visualizing Uncertainty & Vulnerability

by Peg Rawes (UCL)

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28 July 2020

Welcome to the eleventh podcast in our series ‘Life in the Time of Coronavirus’. Having been asked to speculate on the concepts of immunity and immunisation, Peg Rawes, Professor of Architecture and Philosophy at the Bartlett School of Architecture, thinks about the use of graphic technologies to predict, project and ostensibly protect. Looking at Buckminster Fullers problematic dymaxion maps, the artist Tom Corby’s graphs, chronicling his own long term illness, and the philosopher Gillian Howies meditations on living with dying, she situates the pervasive anxiety the virus has unleashed in relation to older and ongoing issues around representation, vulnerability, and mortality.

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  • Cover image: Blood and Bones by Tom Corby. Courtesy of the artist.
  • Music: Smallhaus and the BBC Sound Archive
  • Speaker: Peg Rawes (UCL)
  • Producer and Editor: Albert Brenchat-Aguilar
  • Communications: Patricia Mascarell Llombart
  • Executive Producer: Tamar Garb