Art & Medicine #4: Dissecting Touch

Art & Medicine #4: Dissecting Touch

Thursday, 15 October, 19:30

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For Part 4 of the Open Courses: Art & Medicine, Jan van Eyck Academie welcomes visual artist Eva Spierenburg whose sculptures, drawings and video works investigate the body, touch, and materiality. For this occasion, she will delve into a conversation with Anna Harris, an assistant professor and medical anthropologist of Maastricht University whose research falls on doctors’ sensory training in the digital age.

The notion of touch becomes extra complex in these times of the COVID-19 pandemic. What are the different types of touch within artistic and medical practices, and how do these distinguish from one another? Moreover, can the findings lead to a new understanding of the current situation of social distancing? Together with you, we would like to explore sensorial and embodied learning within artistic and medical professions, and shape the conversation by dissecting the role of touch in Spierenburg and Harris’ practices.

Project Art & Medicine

Based on their mutual curiosity and interest in the human and human body, both art and medicine once held a very strong bond. With many societal and technological changes and developments, these two worlds began opposing each other, with the discipline of medicine representing objectivity, and the art world symbolizing subjectivity. Recently, however, we have been able to see these two domains moving towards each other with a new fascination for one another. In a series of Open Courses, the Jan van Eyck Academie zooms in on what happens when these two domains meet. Together with the public and by stimulating a dialogue between the arts and medicine, we wish to discover what the added value of this connection could be.
This is the fourth event in this series.

Open Courses: Art & Medicine is an initiative of the institute for Research & Education of the Jan van Eyck Academie.

Supported by: BankGiro Loterij Fonds


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