A Crossroads of Opportunity: Virtual Reality, Media Art, and Medicine Today

NOV 08, 2018 | 6:30 PM TO 8:30 PM

Images from "DIYAbility Workshops", Holly Cohen & John Schimmel, “Vital Threads: Biofeedback Apparel”, Sean Montgomery, “Stranger Visions”, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, “Telephone Rewired”, (Sean Montgomery).



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


9100: Skylight Room


November 08, 2018: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM




The Center for the Humanities



This panel will bring together healthcare professionals with artists and researchers using technology meant for healing and pain management in their creative practice. Healthcare is becoming increasingly technological in both its implementation and delivery as we are becoming more connected daily. New advancements in technology are aiding in the healing process and allowing us to understand how healthcare works both as a science and as social experience. This panel attempts to answer the question of how art and design can and are helping in the healing process. What types of interventions are possible through technology to achieve wellness on a personal, shared, and international level? Using the Internet, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Digital Games, and other connected interfaces, this panel will explore the future of this fascinating field and how it will evolve in the next 20, 30, 40 or more years to come. This panel will transport audiences into new potentials for collaborative experiences using technology and art into the world of medicine and beyond.

This event is free and open to the public, but please click here to RSVP.

Speakers include Sean Montgomery, an artist using Brain Wave Interaction with performers and audiences in his work; Holly Cohen, a previous TED speaker, and Program Manager of Assistive Technology/Driving Rehabilitation at NYU Rusk Rehabilitation; Heather Dewey-Hagborg, an artist using technology in her work to recreate the faces of people from their discarded DNA samples; and Matthew N. Bartels, the Chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, a regional medical provider in the Bronx and Lower Hudson Valley in New York State.

Co-sponsored by The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore; The Montefiore Einstein Fine Art Program and Collection; the Collective Voice: Digital Conversations in Public Space research team from the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY; and the Digital Humanities Initiative.