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Play the Pain in 4TH SPACE

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 –
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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This event is free


Media Health Lab


J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Room LB-103



Play the Pain

Research conducted in the Media Health Lab explores different uses of information and communication technologies in coping with chronic pain and stress. Members of the Lab will be in 4TH SPACE to present Play the Pain. Conceived at the intersection of arts, medicine and communications, this project aims at advancing medicine by exploring the ethical, practical and cultural tensions between lab-based research that focuses on medical conditions versus data-driven research that focuses on living conditions.

Come to 4TH SPACE to engage in discussions and workshops that will address ludic ways of coping with pain, creative ways to communicate about pain and research methods to evaluate alternative pain treatments. Together with artists, scientists and therapists facilitators, participants will share ideas about which human factors medical sciences need to consider. This represents a first step in creating a citizen’s lab for studying healing through community and creativity.


October 1

10 a.m.
What is Play the Pain?
Introduction and welcome remarks by Najmeh Khalili-Mahani 

10:30 a.m.
Creative Communities
A public talk by Janis Timm-Bottos 

Brown bag lunch and chat

1 p.m.
Resilience Through Symbols
A roundtable with Sandra Landecker

3 p.m.
Neuro-Scientific Boundaries
A public talk by Najmeh Khalili-Mahani

4:30 p.m.
Words that relate
A writing workshop with Marie-Paule Grimaldi 

October 2

10 a.m.
Play games and explore virtual reality with Mathieu Roy and Noah Drew

11:30 a.m.
Yoga with Afra Tucker

Brown bag lunch and chat

1:30 p.m.
Dr. Clown Foundation with Melissa Holland

2:45 p.m.
Why can pain make us laugh? Charlie Chaplin’s Toothaches
Film and discussion with Rosanna Maule

4 p.m.
Dance session
Disco through pain with Sarah Wendt

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