Blast Theory: first artists residency at WHO

As part of Contagious Cities, Blast Theory – who explore social and political questions through interactive art – became the first artists-in-residence at WHO in Geneva. 

Watch: behind-the-scenes with Blast Theory on their residency at the World Health Organization.

Artists Matt Adams, Ju Row Farr and Nick Tandavanitj spent time at WHO’s Strategic Health Operations Centre, which monitors epidemics and pandemics across the world and coordinates international collaborative responses.

The work prompted by their residency reflects on contagion and cities, and focuses on moments of uncertainty in public health decision making and the 2003 SARS epidemic.

It featured in the Germ City exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York. A different version was displayed at the Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts in Hong Kong. 

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Contagious Cities was a collaborative exploration of microbes, migration and the metropolis.

The project ran from September 2018 to September 2019.

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