Le duo d’artistes montréalais Béchard-Hudon présente la documentation vidéo de leur installation sonore La Résonance des corps au Centre Hospitalier de l’Unversité de Montréal (CHUM). Créée grâce à la politique d’intégration des arts à l’architecture et l’environnement, l’oeuvre est installée de manière permanente dans le clocher patrimonial de l’Église St-Sauveur à l’angle des rues Viger et St-Denis à Montréal.
Research assistant Gina Page and principal investigator Tamar Tembeck are presenting elements from the Encountering Art in Hospitals research project for a workshop at the University of Bristol, April 12-13, 2018, titled Towards a Sensory History of the Modern Hospital.
Gina is presenting her research into the influence of evidence-based design on hospital art, and will propose novel mechanisms by which art can contribute to the healing environment.
Tamar’s presentation on “Nosocomial (An)aesthetics” will address some of the paradoxes of contemporary hospital art, which reflect our ambiguous expectations towards the kinds of sensory experiences we ultimately seek from art in healthcare spaces.
TransCultural Exchange International Conference
Tamar Tembeck is presenting a paper on “Public Art in Hospitals” in a panel on “Artists and Medicine” at the 2018 edition of the TransCultural Exchange International Conference, February 22-24, 2018, in Quebec City.
Abstract: With the recent inauguration of two new superhospitals in Montreal (McGill University Healthcare Centre in 2015 and Phase II of the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal in 2017), a significant concentration of Quebec’s public art is now in our healthcare establishments. Thanks to a provincial regulation requiring that artworks be commissioned for major new public buildings and refurbishment projects, these two superhospitals boast a total of 25 new works by Quebec artists, including a sound installation as well as a process-based work. Referencing examples of public hospital art from Europe and North America over the past century, this presentation will address current practices as well as changing expectations towards public art in hospitals.
Forum national Le Pouvoir des Arts de la Fondation Michaëlle Jean
Marie Lavorel et Tamar Tembeck participent à l’édition 2018 du Forum national Le Pouvoir des Arts sous le thème : «Les arts, des armes pour la paix» qui aura lieu du 16 au 18 février 2018 au Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal.
C’est sous l’angle de l’art comme vecteur d’engagement social en milieux de soins qu’elles y présentent des résultats de leurs recherches sur l’art hospitalier dans une communication intitulée «L’hôpital comme espace public culturel: l’art, vecteur de liens».
Hospital art exhibition at the Danish KØS Museum of Art in Public Spaces
Anyone with an interest in hospital art should take a look at the catalogue for the remarkable research-based exhibition, “What Does Art do at Hospitals?”, running until April 1, 2018 at the Danish KØS Museum of art in public spaces.
With six new superhospitals currently being built or refurbished in Denmark, to the tune of 5.6 billion euros, hospital art is currently in high demand. KØS curator Lene Bøgh Rønberg and her team joined forces with sociologist Annete Stenslund to try and understand some of the rationales that govern existing principles and practices of hospital art.
Structuring the exhibition around 5 themes – colours, views of nature, travel and memory, identification and participation, and life and death – and showcasing examples of local as well as international hospital art projects, the team investigates the place and impact of art in hospitals, well beyond its purported role in supporting a healing processes. Through approximately 600 interviews conducted in Denmark, the project also investigates how specific art projects are being received by a range of hospital users (patients, staff, and visitors).
Notre projet de recherche sur l’art public en milieu hospitalier s’intègre à une journée d’étude organisée par la Chaire de recherche UQAM pour le développement des pratiques innovantes en art, culture et mieux-être.
Cette journée, intitulée ” Que peuvent l’art et la culture pour promouvoir l’inclusion sociale? “, se tiendra à l’UQAM le 2 février 2018. Elle s’adresse aux membres de la chaire ainsi qu’à des chercheurs et praticiens qui souhaitent participer à une réflexion collective sur l’apport diversifié des pratiques artistiques dans l’espace social et auprès de différentes populations.
From Queen Victoria to Sausage Pants: Art in the Superhospital
Article by Tamar Tembeck and Mary Hunter, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, vol. 190, issue 1, 8 January 2018. https://doi.org/10.1503/cmaj.170721
Abstract: In this article we argue that purpose-driven art is not only way to communicate a sense of well-being to the various populations that inhabit hospitals. By focusing on two artworks from the Royal Victoria Hospital’s collection — the monumental nineteenth-century marble sculpture of Queen Victoria and the contemporary painting Sausage Pants by Michael Farnan — we explore how art that is seemingly dysfunctional can sometimes bring the best medicine.
Panel at Association of Art Historians conference, Loughborough, UK, April 6-8 2017
Chairs: Tamar Tembeck (McGill University) and Mary Hunter (McGill University)
In Europe and North America, greater attention is being paid to the built environment in medical spaces. ‘Healthy design’ initiatives are increasingly being integrated into hospital planning, in a vision that is coherent with the WHO’s definition of health, according to which ‘mental and social well-being’ are considered in addition to ‘the absence of disease or infirmity’. Government percentage-for-art schemes and public art funding policies count amongst the initiatives that have allowed for the integration of art in hospital architecture, the commissioning of in situ works, and the establishment of artists’ residences in medical environments.
Existing studies on art and design in healthcare contexts overwhelmingly focus on accumulating evidence of their beneficial impacts on patients’ recovery and general well-being. Since the birth of hospitals in the Middle Ages, however, the integration of art has played a variety of other roles in medical spaces, ranging from providing contemplative touchstones for patients, staff, and visitors, to improving the institution’s overall image in the public eye.
In this session, historians of art, architecture and design, as well as cultural practitioners, programmers and policymakers, will reflect upon, critique and question the forms and functions of contemporary and historical art and design practices in healthcare environments (hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, etc.). We will investigate how and why art and design practices are deployed outside of an explicitly therapeutic context (e.g., in art therapy).
Jackson Davidow (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Freedom as a Skill: Occupational Therapy and American Modernism.
David Theodore (School of Architecture, McGill University), Northwick Park Hospital: Healthcare Architecture as Art.
Lindsay Blair (University of the Highlands and Islands), Opportunities for Dialogue: Health, Architecture and the Arts.
Judy Rollins (Georgetown University School of Medicine), Art with Intent: An International Study of Purpose-built Artwork in Hospitals.
Jayne Lloyd (Paintings in Hospitals), From the Wallace Collection to the GP’s Waiting Room: Contemporary Art in Historic Houses and Primary Care Sites.