The work of the medical professions to undertake radical interventions in the natural processes of illness and disease is, by its very nature, utopian. But amongst the demands of training to become a GP, a nurse, a neuroscientist, a midwife or a psychiatrist, the utopian ideals at the heart of the Hippocratic oath may be assumed or else forgotten.
As part of Utopia 2016, King’s brought contemporary artists and King’s health students together to stage Are You Feeling Better?, a range of projects that creatively explored the theme of Utopia through ideals of health and wellness.
Each project provided a different lens through which to ask how far the world of health is a utopian enterprise in itself and to what extent healthy individuals – and healthy societies – can be realised through these visionary disciplines.
This project is part of the Utopian lab, a contemporary glimpse of the Health Faculties at King’s College London. The crusade to understand, save and compliment the human body and mind is the spirit of Utopia itself, uniting cultures, defining humanity and standing on the shoulders of giants.