DATA, HEALTH AND THE ARTS: Creating space, bridging boundaries

DATA, HEALTH AND THE ARTS: Creating space, bridging boundaries
Wednesday 23rd October, 6.30-8pm, Phoenix Art Space, Brighton

Join us for the first ART/DATA/HEALTH public event, part of the 2019 Brighton Digital Festival

Three exciting speakers will discuss and demonstrate the cutting-edge opportunities and challenges that digital data tools and technologies present for health and wellbeing. What is the role of art and creativity in public engagement with health data? How is the digitization of health records changing public attitudes and medical practices? And how can virtual/augmented reality help us experience our bodies in a different way?

Full details: Wednesday 23rd October, 6.30-8pm, at Phoenix Art Space (Green Room, ground floor), 10-14 Waterloo Place, Brighton, BN2 9NB. The venue is fully wheelchair-accessible, with accessible toilets.

Who is it for: Everyone, especially people interested in digital health, health data, arts and health, immersive technologies, and data for the social good.

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1. ‘Immersive art as therapy’
Sarah Ticho, specialist in arts, health and immersive technology. Sarah has extensive experience working across the interdisciplinary arts, academia, healthcare and virtual reality as a producer, curator, artist and researcher. She is the founder of Hatsumi (, producer at Deep VR ( and Healthcare Lead at Immerse UK.

2. ‘My healthcare data: What does it look like and what can it be used for?’
Dr. Liz Ford, Senior Lecturer in Primary Care Research, Brighton and Sussex Medical School. Liz’s research focuses on mental health and dementia in primary care and community settings, with a particular focus on novel methods for using electronic health data such as patient records.

3. ‘Enhancing public engagement with health data through art practice’
Dr.Aristea Fotopoulou, Principal Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Media and Communications in the School of Media, University of Brighton. Aristea is a UKRI Innovation Fellow/AHRC Leadership Fellow whose research focuses on social transformations that relate to digital media and data-driven technologies (e.g. self-tracking, wearables, big data, AI).

Moderator: Rifa Thorpe-Tracey (@rifa), an events organiser, coach, producer and advocate for inclusivity in tech. Rifa launched SheSays Brighton, curates Spring Forward Festival, runs Refigure Ltd, co-hosts a weekly arts podcast and is also a yoga and meditation teacher.

This event is hosted by ART/DATA/HEALTH (, an academic research project that offers members of the community new skills in data science and art practice to improve health and wellbeing. The aim of the project is to develop a participatory interface that involves creativity and use of data for the social good, in order to tackle health inequalities and digital inclusion.

‘ART/ DATA/HEALTH: data as creative material for health and wellbeing’ (AH/S004564/1 2019-2021) is funded by the UKRI-AHRC Innovation Leadership Fellowship, led by Principal Investigator Dr Aristea Fotopoulou, and hosted by the University of Brighton

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