Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


  • Hybrid Bodies
  • Lecture
  • 3/22/2016
  • 18:00-19:00
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Host: Spencer Museum of Art, University of Missouri-Kansas City Gallery of Art
Event Description
Few organs are as charged as the human heart. Seen as both the seat of human identity and the archetypal symbol of love, it is an organ that has been ascribed qualities and associations far beyond its anatomical functions. So, what transpires when a heart is transplanted from one person to another? A team of scientists, medical researchers, and artists sought to uncover the psychological and ontological effects of heart transplantation from the perspective of organ recipients. The result is Hybrid Bodies, an interdisciplinary research study and series of artworks that connects organ recipients’ experiences and cultural views about transplantation to the notion of embodiment. Join members of the Hybrid Bodies team—Montreal-based artist Ingrid Bachmann and Toronto-based sociologist Jennifer Poole—for a discussion of their collaborative process and discoveries, as well as their preliminary research for Hybrid Bodies II, now underway, which approaches issues of transplantation from the perspective of donor families. Visitor parking is available on the UMKC campus at coin meters in lot 4OS, and dollar/coin meters in lot 43, and on level 5 of the Cherry Street Garage at an hourly rate of $1.25.