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CASE STUDY

Feeling Better

BY Chin-Chin Yap

A quirky online art project provides a surprisingly sophisticated platform upon which to debate contemporary health-care issues.

JUSTINE COOPER, Diversity at a Cost, 2009, digital C-print, 20.3 x 68.6 cm. Courtesy the artist.

 Australian interdisciplinary artist Justine Cooper’s “Living in Sim”—as in “simulation”—is a project primarily existing on the internet in a form that Cooper explains as an “online community of medical mannequins living out the drama of health care.” Medical mannequins, usually plastic forms with moving, removable parts, are used to practice procedures in medical

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