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Making Sense

Beauty, Creativity, and Healing

Edited By Bandy Lee, Nancy Olson and Thomas Duffy

Regardless of field, from the art world to healthcare delivery, there is a growing need for practically useful theory and theoretically informed practice. The time is ripe for a collaborative, creative conversation among thinkers and doers who are concerned about the larger world and our role in it. Making Sense: Beauty, Creativity, and Healing is a collection of essays and creative expressions written and produced in relation to a colloquium that tried to address these matters at the Whitney Humanities Center of Yale University. Beginning with a powerful essay on the individually and globally therapeutic qualities of art and beauty by Elaine Scarry of Harvard University, this volume brings together a diversity of theoretically minded scholars, scientists, artists, and healers. In the form of critical and reflective essays, alongside images, poetry, and fiction, this book allows the reader to experience the bursts of ideas and sensory triggers that respond to and extend the artistic installations and performances of the colloquium – and welcomes the reader into the conversation.
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Rosalyn Cama, FASID, EDAC, is president of the evidence-based healthcare interior design firm CAMA, Inc., which since 1983 has completed many award-winning projects nationwide, including Yale-New Haven Hospital, and American Cancer Center Headquarters and Hope Lodge in New York City, and is currently engaged with Memorial Sloan Kettering, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Princeton Health System, among others, on arts for healing programs and optimal patient experience. Cama served as national president of The American Society of Interior Designers and board chair for The Center for Health Design, and is author of Evidence-Based Healthcare Design.

Lorna Collins is an artist, critic, and arts educator based in Cambridge, U.K., where she completed her Ph.D. as a Foundation Scholar in French Philosophy, at Jesus College. She is the author of Making Sense: Art Practice and Transformative Therapeutics and the co-editor of Deleuze and the Schizoanalysis of Visual Art. Her provocative practice as an artist (in paint, film, installation, and performance) drives the motor that lies behind all her existential and epistemological, or philosophical, enquiries.

Brandon Cuffy is an architectural designer at NBBJ and faculty at the Boston Architectural College. His work focuses on the synergies that exist between neuroscience and architectural design for the creation of healing spaces. His graduate thesis examined the current state of United States prisons and their degenerative effects on the neural activity of prisoners, and he speculated on the implications of the role architecture can play in the healing and rehabilitation...

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