Lisa Cartwright + Christina Lammer

Empathography: The Art of Clinical Intimacy

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

What do we sense during surgery? Touch, sounds, and smells in the surgical theater, as well as engagement with others and the intersubjective experience of the senses during medical procedures are the focus of this intimate conversation. This discussion on the senses in austere surgical settings will be accompanied by a screening of video and sounds works.

Emily Berçir Zimmerman

Lisa Cartwright is a visual studies scholar who works at the intersections of contemporary art and science, technology, information, and medicine. She is professor of communication and science studies at the University of California at San Diego, where she also teaches in the Critical Gender Studies program. Her books include Screening the Body: Tracing Medicine's Visual Culture (Minnesota 1995); Moral Spectatorship: Technologies of Voice and Affect in Postwar Representations of the Child (Duke 2008); and Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture (Oxford University Press, Second Edition 2008).

Christina Lammer is a collaborative multimedia artist, research sociologist, and lecturer based in Vienna. Her work combines sensory ethnography with video, performance, and body art in hospitals and clinics to focus on embodied emotion and sensory interaction between patients and physicians during the course of medical treatment. In Features: Vienna Face Project (2009-2014), Lammer investigates the place of portraiture and the aesthetics of such things as beauty and the smile in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Surgical Wrappings (2009-2014) explores the material culture of surgery. Works in the series CORPOrealities (2004-2009) considered empathy, somatic perception, and the role of touch and the hands in the use of techniques such as image-guided vascular surgery at the Medical University of Vienna (MUV). Her most recent book is Corporealities (Vienna, Löcker Verlag, 2010). Lammer holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Vienna.

Lisa Cartwright + Christina Lammer
May 2, 2012, 6PM

EMPAC 2011-2012 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA