Artists by nature are exploring the human condition and experience. Researchers conduct studies to improve human health. At first glance they are seemingly unrelated, however the parallel between scientific curiosity and artistic inquiry is meaningful. In the fall of 2018, artists and researchers embarked on a year-long residence program through a partnership between Boris Oicherman, curator of the Target Studio for Creative Collaboration, and Dr. Timothy Schacker, professor of medicine and director of clinical translational research services.

Researchers often work so intensely in a lab that their work becomes automated. Over time this can lead to a narrow focus, and they may lose sight of the human aspect of their work. Pairing artists with researchers begins to instill the human aspect back into the researchers’ work. Together they will develop innovative approaches to health care and research, as well as integrate the humanities into graduate medical education.

2018 – 2019 Collaborations
As Seen, Part 1: Reconstruction | Alison Hiltner and Dr. Paul Iaizzo and Dr. Brenda Ogle

Begin with Pieces | Yuko Taniguchi and Dr. Kathryn Cullen

Lifelong Choreographies | Anna Marie Shogren and Kristine Talley

Archive of Sleeplessness | Peng Wu and Dr. Michael Howell