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Program: Contagious Cities (Wellcome)

Contagious Cities

Author: Simon Faithfull, Miriam Ghani, Angela Su, Blast Theory



Contagious Cities was an international cultural programme which supported local conversations around the global challenges of epidemic preparedness. The programme was staged across four cities: Berlin, Geneva, Hong Kong and New York. It ran from September 2018 to December 2019.

Cities bring people and germs together. Contagious Cities explored the outcomes of this cohabitation, and the relationship between microbes, migration and the metropolis. 

Combining different perspectives and expertise, partners in the programme co-produced artist residencies, exhibitions, interactive experiences, events and broadcasts. Together, they investigated the physical, social, economic and cultural effects of infectious disease.

The programme was developed by Wellcome. It marked the centenary of the 1918 flu pandemic, during which a third of the world’s population was infected and around 50 million people died.

Published by: Wellcome

Publication Date: 2019

Country: Germany, Switzerland, Hong Kong, United States

Language: English

Type: Programs/Projects