Giant Game of Operation
Celebrating Women’s Health in Europe’s Oldest Surviving Operating Theatre
Celebrating the Female Body and Blood Donation through a giant game of operation!
For this year's Emerge Festival, we collaborated with the Old Operating Theatre in London Bridge to celebrate other body types which were traditionally overlooked in medical teaching models. This specifically meant BAME women’s bodies.
The Old Operating Theatre, Europe’s oldest surviving medical theatre, was the perfect setting for this project as it only operated on female patients in the 1830s.
Our giant, life-size version of the classic "Operation" board game uses the bodies of women of colour as the patients. This allowed us to question the "norm" in medical teaching in a fun and challenging way.
The backs of the pieces revealed more information about blood donation and the ways in which blood donations from women and BAME people played a special role in women’s health.
Event Photos (use the arrows to have a browse)
Illustration: Sophia Luu
Visual Concepts and Storyboarding: Mathilda Della Torre
Electronics: Minh Huynh
Woodwork: Minh Huynh and Sophia Luu
Research and Marketing: Rashmi Shankar
Photography: Michael Tigchelaar
Partners: Emerge Festival and the Old Operating Theatre. Special thanks to Svetlana and Monica.
Special Thanks to Josie at Machines Room and Peter from Solowood Recylcing for helping us sourcing materials and prop space! Read more from our making blog about how we made the game and the wonderful social enterprises involved.