‘Looking and Healing: Artists and their Doctors’

Artists and doctors share highly developed observational skills and a fundamental love for humankind. Dr Martha Fleming will give a lecture on May 16th at 6pm (room K6.63, KCL Strand Campus) exploring some historically revealing relationships between these different practitioners, and the intellectual, social and professional complexes in which these relationships sit. Representational, technological and ethical epistemologies can be traced in the performed intimacies of such self-reflexive clinical arenas. Examples from both physiological and psychiatric medicine are explored, in pairings from Goya and Arrieta through Munch and Jakobsen as well as Duchamp and Dumouchel and beyond. Painting, engraving, photography and sculpture from approximately 1750 to 1990 are addressed.

Dr Martha Fleming is a museum professional and academic working in the interdisciplinary nexus between the sciences, the humanities and the fine arts: her work over several decades has forged innovative and productive methodological alignments across disciplines. For the past two years she has been involved in the strategic development of the Centre for Arts and Humanities Research at the Natural History Museum. Recent projects include Creative Direction of the Dibner Award winning exhibition Split + Splice: Fragments from the Age of Biomedicine at the Medical Museion of the University of Copenhagen, where she was also a Visiting Professor with the Faculty of Health from 2006-2009.

All are welcome to attend. No need to RSVP.

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