SKIN & Panel Discussion on Embodiment & Neuroaesthetics Accepted to a2ru Conference!

Photo: ©Karl Rabe/Vassar College

Announcing our latest Art/Sci Collaboration: a performance of SKIN to be followed by a discussion panel with three art/sci researchers, as part of the national conference of Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities in Athens, GA, this November, 2018.

Panel Topic: The Impact of Embodied Presence in a Transformative Art Space—Neuroaesthetic, Therapeutic & Philosopical Perspectives 

What is the meaning of an embodied aesthetic encounter—such as that between a performer and an audience—or among audience members? Does human presence effect the transmission of new ideas or the adoption of new behaviors? What's happening when inanimate arts touch us with their presence? This panel will explore the implications and entanglements that arise between arts environments and their live participants. Attendance at the prior presentation of SKIN, a frank and funny solo play with music by Hope Singsen, is recommended but not required. SKIN explores the resilience, creativity and vulnerability it takes to transcend sexual violence, and demonstrates the impact of embodied engagements in healing through the arts—for artists and audiences alike.

Drawing on research to be conducted on-the-spot at a2ru, the panel will probe ways aesthetic experiences may be designed to enhance resilience and sustainability. In the process we will consider the body-brain itself as a creative space, guided by resilience and sustainability practices that inform every encounter.


Hope Singsen is an NYC-based artist-researcher and the writer/performer of SKIN, a one-woman play with music about the power of creativity to transcend sexual violence.

Jill Sonke is a dancer and Director of the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine, and Assistant Director for UF Health Arts in Medicine. Her current research engages a neuroaesthetics frame to investigate aesthetic experience and behavior change in a public health context.

Patricia Olynyk is Director of the Graduate School of Art and Professor of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. A visual artist, herself, Ms. Olynyk currently teaches pre-med students how art can extend and expand conversations about medical practices.

Chris Cuomo is a University of Georgia Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies, as well as an artist/filmmaker, and an advisory board member for the UGA ICE program, catalyzing interdisciplinary creative projects, advanced research, and critical discourse in the arts.

Panel Moderator: Marni Shindelman, Associate Professor and Area Chair for Photography, University of Georgia.

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