Art & Health

29 March 2018 from 19:15 to 21:35 hrs
Openbare Bibliotheek van Amsterdam, Forumzaal OBA, zesde etage, Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam
020 551 0782
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How can the arts and art research contribute to our knowledge of health, sickness and health care? This is the question that we will address during the second meeting in the KunstKennis series.

A new field of research has arisen in the past few decades: the Medical Humanities. It offers a new view of health care that combines perspectives taken from a wide range of disciplines, from philosophy and anthropology to sociology and the humanities. This meeting looks at two examples of the exceptional way in which the arts can reconceptualise patients, physicians and health care.

Artist Yvonne Dröge Wendel will revisit her award-winning De Coupé, a train compartment in a nursing home in Delft. Anthropologist Rachel Spronk and filmmaker Paul Gomes will then discuss their ‘work in progress’ with the audience: a film about surgery, sickness and death in a hospital in northern Nigeria. Their collaboration highlights the pressing disciplinary challenges and opportunities raised by collaboration between science and art.

The moderator is Patricia Pisters. 

Yvonne Dröge Wendel is an artist who lives and works in Amsterdam. She is currently working on a PhD research project at the University of Twente.

Rachel Spronk is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Amsterdam.

Paul James Gomes is an independent filmmaker from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Patricia Pisters is professor of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam and a member of the Academy. 

Note: The meeting will be conducted in English.

About Art-Knowledge

What can the sciences learn from the arts (visual and performing arts, literature, architecture, music etc.)? And what can the arts learn from academia? The Academy and ARIAS are offering a series of four evening events at which artists and researchers will show, perform and lecture on the way art research operates at the interface of art and academia – from new ways of writing to new concepts of wellbeing, experimental forms for researching major climate questions, and experiments in education.