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Dissecting touch

written by Anna Harris
26/10/20

15th October 2020, MAASTRICHT –  Touch is becoming an increasingly discussed sensory experience in pandemic times, of interest to the public, doctors, artists and many others. In a rare moment in which to have an in-person conversation, Anna took part in a discussion on this topic with the talented artist Eva Spierenburg as part of the Open Courses: Art & Medicine, organised by Pieternel Fleskens, Rosanne van Wijk and Floor Krooi at the Jan van Eyck Academie. The discussion ranged from the moving works that Eva has done in response to her mother’s recent passing, to ways in which artistic and ethnographic methods and vocabularies intersect and diverge. You can read more about the event, called Dissecting Touch below.

Artificial skin, Skillslab, Maastricht

Dutch call, English is below ….

Kunst & Geneeskunde #4: Dissecting Touch

In de vierde bijeenkomst van de serie Openbare Lessen: Kunst & Geneeskunde verwelkomt de Jan van Eyck Academie beeldend kunstenaar Eva Spierenburg. In haar beelden, tekeningen en video’s onderzoekt zij het lichaam, aanraking en materialiteit. Ter gelegenheid van deze bijeenkomst gaat zij het gesprek aan met Anna Harris, assistent-professor en medisch antropoloog aan de Universiteit Maastricht, wiens onderzoek zich richt op de zintuigelijke training van artsen in het digitale tijdperk.

In deze tijden van de wereldwijde coronacrisis krijgt het idee van aanraking een extra lading en betekenis. Welke verschillende vormen van aanraking kunnen we onderscheiden in een artistieke en medisch praktijk en op welke manier verschillen deze vormen van elkaar? Kunnen deze bevindingen zelfs nieuwe perspectieven bieden op de huidige situatie van sociale terughoudendheid? Samen met u als publiek willen we onderzoeken wat lichamelijk en zintuiglijk leren kan betekenen binnen artistieke en medische beroepspraktijken. Tegelijkertijd zullen we de rol van aanraking in het werk van Spierenburg en Harris verder ontleden.

Openbare Lessen: Kunst & Geneeskunde
Vanuit de gemeenschappelijke nieuwsgierigheid en verwondering naar de mens en het menselijk lichaam hadden geneeskunde en kunst ooit een sterke band met elkaar. Door de vele maatschappelijke en technologische ontwikkelingen, zijn deze twee werelden jarenlang tegenover elkaar komen te staan. De medische wereld stond voor objectiviteit, de kunstwereld symboliseerde de subjectiviteit. Sinds enkele jaren zien we echter dat de vakgebieden een nieuwe interesse in elkaar krijgen. In een reeks Openbare Lessen bekijkt de Jan van Eyck Academie wat er gebeurt als deze twee domeinen samenkomen. Door de dialoog tussen de kunsten en de geneeskunde te stimuleren, onderzoeken we samen met het publiek wat de meerwaarde kan zijn. Dit is het vierde event in deze serie.

Openbare Lessen: Kunst & Geneeskunde is een initiatief van Onderzoek & Educatie, een deelinstituut van de Jan van Eyck Academie.

Ondersteund door: BankGiro Loterij Fonds

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Art & Medicine #4: Dissecting Touch

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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