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Archive for April, 2012

The Healing Power of Music: An Interview with Penny Brill

Penny Brill

Penny Anderson Brill has explored the connection between art and healing in a personal way. A graduate of Juilliard, she joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1980, as a violist. Yet her commitment to music and its potential impact has taken her not only to the stage but also to area hospitals and wellness programs. Her work in bringing art to healing environments has attracted international attention, and I wanted to learn more about this artist who has translated her virtuosity into serving the wellness of many over the years.

Click here for Jessica Ryan’s interview with the fascinating Penny Brill, who has demonstrated first-hand the healing power of music.

A Helper in Times of Trouble

Using art as a form of therapy helps to create a connection between the inner world and the outer world, which in turn cultivates greater self-understanding. In creating this connection, people may find themselves releasing pent-up emotions and therefore feeling a sense of catharsis after creating something. Whether it is painting, drawing, collaging, or sculpting, making something out of nothing is an emboldening experience. Janette Delgado reflects on the impact of art therapy and her entry into the profession in her article, “A Helper in Times of Trouble” (click to read the complete article).

Healing Art: One Part Imitation, One Part Imagination

Both imitation and imagination have roles in healing art, and they interact to create a healing artistic experience for patients and visitors in healthcare environments. Jessica Ryan explores the intersection of imitation and imagination, with a touch of Plato and Kant along the way, in her second article in the TMD series on arts and healing, “Healing Art: One Part Imitation, One Part Imagination.” Click here to read the full article.

Hospital Design: What Difference Does It Make?

The new Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, which takes aesthetics and healing into account, opened its doors in 2009.

Architects, designers, and health care providers now recognize that they cannot ignore aesthetics when constructing hospitals. An aesthetically pleasing environment is therefore integral, and not periphery, to promoting healing.

Jessi Ryan explores the aesthetics of hospitals and hospital architecture in our next article from The Muse Dialogue: “Hospital Design: What Difference Does It Make.” (click to view full article)

Authoring an iPod Noir: An Interview with Gyda Arber

Our explorations of intersections between art and technology continues today in a TMD interview with Gyda Arber. Arber has created work in the genre of “iPod noir.” What is an iPod noir? Elyssa Jechow had the same question, and she shares the answer in “Authoring an iPod Noir: An Interview with Gyda Arber.” (click to view full interview)

Talking Back to the Art Through New Technologies

ImageGiven that most of us are currently wedded to our smartphones, today’s marketers are changing their tactics to reflect the meteoric rise of mobile phone use worldwide. The arts world is not being left behind. Across the sector, the app development abounds, allowing visitors to museums and galleries to personalize their experiences with art, history, and culture.

Read on to hear what Laura Zwicker has found out about mobile app use in the arts world in “Talking Back to the Art Through New Technologies.” (Click to view full article.)

Tactile Appreciation

To touch a painting may shatter its illusion, its poetic distance, and crosses boundaries of etiquette and perhaps even morality. Yet today, we are no longer concerned with the morality of touch, for we live in the increasingly tactile world of the iPhone, the iPad, the Galaxy tab. Our fingers are a gateway to the world of information, and to our sense of connectedness. And with the phenomenon of the “slide-to-unlock,” we have begun to use our senses to understand and appreciate works of art, without undermining the concepts of conservation and preservation.

Naina Singh explores the touch of the visual arts in her article “Tactile Appreciation.” (click to view full article)

Preserving Touchstones of the Past

by Elyssa Jechow

In our hurry to forge ahead in innovation and stay current with the rapid-fire exchange of information, we may neglect to slow down long enough to recognize the importance of tradition and its relevance to moving forward.

Elyssa Jechow contemplates the artistic legacies of the past, the small and everyday things from needlepoint to diary writing, and travels both the world of contemporary conservators and her own family history in the process. Take a reflective walk with her in “Preserving Touchstones of the Past” (click to view full article).


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