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Dr Kaisu Koski

Associate Professor of Art and Design


Summary

I am a cross-disciplinary artist and humanities scholar with a background in performance and moving image based in Sheffield Hallam University's Lab4Living. I was awarded a Doctor of Arts from the University of Lapland, and MA from the Amsterdam University of the Arts. I collaborate with scientists, clinicians, and engineers, focusing on empathy, simulation, and human-nonhuman interactions. In my previous research, funded by the Academy of Finland, I developed films for medical curricula on topics such as vaccine-hesitancy. My work has been exhibited in more than 20 countries and is in collections of the Public Health Agency of Canada. Scholarly publications include Simulation in Healthcare, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, and Studies in Material Thinking.


About

Teaching

Research

Art-Science interactions, Human-Nonhuman interactions, Simulation, Clinical empathy

Previous sources of research funding includes the Academy of Finland (2011-2013), (2015-2020) and the Portuguese National Science Foundation (2011).

Publications

Koski, K., Lehto, J.T., & Hakkarainen, K. (2019). Physician self-disclosure and vaccine-critical parents׳ trust: Preparing medical students for parents׳ difficult questions. Health Professions Education, 5 (3), 253-258. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.hpe.2018.09.005

Koski, K., & Holst, J. (2018). Interdisciplinary Dialogue on Vaccine Hesitancy: Developing Trust and Shifting Stereotypes. Journal of Clinical Research & Bioethics, 09 (01). http://doi.org/10.4172/2155-9627.1000320

Koski, K., Lehto, J.T., & Hakkarainen, K. (2018). Simulated Encounters With Vaccine-Hesitant Parents: Arts-Based Video Scenario and a Writing Exercise. Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development, 5, 238212051879025. http://doi.org/10.1177/2382120518790257

Koski, K., & Holst, J. (2017). Exploring Vaccine Hesitancy Through an Artist–Scientist Collaboration. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 14 (3), 411-426. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11673-017-9798-5

Koski, K., Heyning, F., & Zwijnenberg, R. (2016). Collaborative meaning-making in arts-based research: data interpretation with an artist, a physician, and an art historian. Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal, 1 (1), 234. http://doi.org/10.18432/r2mw28

Koski, K. (2014). Mapping the female reproductive system: Arts-based inquiry of medical students’ anatomy drawings. Studies in Material Thinking, 10. https://www.materialthinking.org/sites/default/files/papers/SMT_V10_01_Kaisu%20Koski_0.pdf

Koski, K. (2014). Anatomical Self-Portraits as Fieldwork: Observations, Improvisations, and Elicitations in the Medical School. Journal for Artistic Research, (6). http://doi.org/10.22501/jar.56534

Koski, K. (2013). As if the patient were in the classroom: Video-based enquiry into the absent body in medical education. Journal of Applied Arts & Health, 4 (2), 207-222. http://doi.org/10.1386/jaah.4.2.207_1

Koski, K. (2012). Ethics and data collection in arts-based inquiry: Artist-researcher embedded in medical education. International Journal of the Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice. International Journal of the Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice.

Koski, K. (2011). Art portraying medicine. Journal of Research Practice, 7 (11). http://jrp.icaap.org/index.php/jrp/article/view/259/235

Koski, K. (2011). Kunst als een platform voor ethische discussie. Tijdschrift voor Medisch Onderwijs, 30 (3), 106-108. http://doi.org/10.1007/s12507-011-0024-x

Koski, K. (2009). Taiteellista tutkimusta lääketieteestä: taiteilija valkotakissa. KIDE, 2.

Koski, K. (2002). Meta-taideteos Väitöskirjana. Kulttuurintutkimus, 19 (4), 50-51.

Conference papers

Koski, K. (2021). HUG. Creativity and Cognition. http://doi.org/10.1145/3450741.3464392

Weijdom, J., & Koski, K. (2015). Media and Performance Laboratory: Learning by doing, making by playing, sharing by performing. ISEA 2015 Proceedings.

Koski, K. (2011). Dialogues between Art, Medicine and Research. In CARPA 2 colloquium on Artistic Research in Performing Arts. Uniarts Helsinki

Koski, K. (2005). Media Figures in a Performative Space. In Salmi, E., & Lantto, J. (Eds.) Cumulus: The Zone: an area of transition, Utrecht Netherlands, (pp. 38-42). University of Art and Design Helsinki

Koski, K. (2003). Non-linear Storytelling in an Environmental Installation. UIAH Publications F25, 45-53.

Book chapters

Koski, K. (2010). Performing an Avatar: Second Life Onstage. In Mapping Intermediality and Performance. Amsterdam University Press

Theses / Dissertations

Koski, K. (2007). Augmenting Theatre. Engaging With the Content on Intermedial Stages of Performances and Installations. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Eversmann, P., & Timonen, E.

Artefacts

Koski, K. (2021). HUG. [Installation/Photograph].

Koski, K. (2015). Injection Simulator. [Installation].

Exhibitions

Koski, K. (2020). Rehearsals for empathy. [Film, video installation, installation]. Lawndale Art Center, Houston.

Koski, K. (2019). Simulated patient. [Film]. Kunsthalle Turku, Finland.

Koski, K. (2015). Living anatomy. [Photo, installation, film]. Art Center Mältinranta, Tampere.

Images

Koski, K. (2018). Theory of Illness #1-4. [Premium Fine Art Prints, Forex Mount].

Koski, K. (2017). Syringe Sequence #1-2. [Photographs].

Koski, K. (2013). Living anatomy. [Digital C-prints, Diasec mount].

Media

Koski, K. (2020). Rehearsals for Empathy. [Film]. Science on Screen Film Festival, Galway Ireland

Koski, K. (2019). Standardized Synchronized. [Film (4K). Duration 12’25”]. AVANCA Film Festival, Portugal

Koski, K. (2019). Standardized Synchronized. [Film (4K). Duration 12’25”]. AVANCA Film Festival, Portugal

Koski, K. (2017). Scenes of disclosure. [Film (HD), 23’06”]. https://vimeo.com/227863178

Koski, K. (2017). Scenes of disclosure. [Film (HD), 23’06”]. https://vimeo.com/227863178

Koski, K. (2017). Conversations with vaccine-critical parents. [Film (HD) 16’40”]. https://vimeo.com/217632310

Koski, K. (2017). Conversations with vaccine-critical parents. [Film (HD) 16’40”]. https://vimeo.com/217632310

Koski, K. (2014). Not to scale at all. [Animation]. Estonian Museum of Applied Arts, Tallinn. Curated exhibition Rhizope

Koski, K. (2014). Not to scale at all. [Animation]. Estonian Museum of Applied Arts, Tallinn. Curated exhibition Rhizope

Koski, K. (2013). Four lessons in anatomy. [Film (HD)]. Medical History Museum, Gothenburg

Koski, K. (2013). Four lessons in anatomy. [Film (HD)]. Medical History Museum, Gothenburg

Koski, K. (2012). Preclinical body. [Film (HD)]. Official Selection of the SCINEMA Film Festival, Canberra

Koski, K. (2012). Preclinical body. [Film (HD)]. Official Selection of the SCINEMA Film Festival, Canberra

Presentations

Koski, K. (2021). Rehearsals for Empathy. Presented at: Health Humanities Consortium International Conference: Crisis and Community: The Role of Health Humanities

Koski, K. (2019). Arts-based research and medical education. Presented at: Ethics and Knowledge about Health and Illness, University of Turku

Koski, K. (2019). Vaccine-hesitancy. Presented at: Health Psychology Days, Helsinki

Koski, K. (2019). Art of Medical Education. Presented at: Workshop Art & Medicine: Skilling the Senses, Utrecht

Koski, K. (2019). Art-Medicine Dialogue. Presented at: Open Ethics Forum, Joensuu Finland

Koski, K. (2018). Simulating "breaking bad news" scenario in medical education. Presented at: Narrative Matters, Enschede

Koski, K. (2018). Vaccine hesitancy and a ‘natural way of living’. Presented at: GREEN, Copenhagen

Koski, K. (2018). Rehearsals for Empathy: Arts-based Research on Medical Education. Presented at: Narrative Medicine Program, Houston

Koski, K. (2017). Scenes of Disclosure film screening and talk. Presented at: Health Humanities Consortium, Houston

Koski, K. (2015). Arts-based research on medical education. Presented at: Theorizing the Body in Health and Medicine, Maastricht

Koski, K. (2012). Representation of the body in medical education: An arts-based inquiry. Presented at: AMEE International Association for Medical Education, Lyon

Koski, K. (2006). The body in technologically augmented theatrical environments. Presented at: IFTR International Federation for Theatre Research Conference, Helsinki

Koski, K. (2005). Mixed Realities: Interactive Performance Environments. Presented at: IFTR Scenography Working Group Conference, Amsterdam

Koski, K. (2004). Mediated Theatre: Movement in Reactive Environments. Presented at: Consciousness Reframed; Qi and Complexity, Beijing

Koski, K. (2003). Organism-Environment System Theory in Interactive Installations. Presented at: Cross-overs in Audiovisual Arts and Interactive Media, Helsinki

Koski, K. (2003). Non-linear storytelling in an environmental installation system. Presented at: International Nonlinear Science Conference, Vienna

Koski, K. (2002). New Media And Theater: An Intelligent Stage. Presented at: Crossroads in Cultural Studies, Tampere

Posters

Koski, K., Lehto, J.T., & Hakkarainen, K. (2017). Practicing for a dialogue with vaccine-hesitant parents: Pilot-testing an arts-based video case. Presented at: AMEE International Association for Medical Education, Helsinki, 2017

Other activities

I am an Adjunct Professor in Arts-based Research, Tampere University and an expert evaluator for the Horizon2020 Programme, European Commission.

Postgraduate supervision

Two PhD supervisions currently in progress.

Completed in 2019. Lisa Erdman: Performing false hope: Ethical outcomes of fictitious pharmaceutical advertising as a public art intervention. Department of Art, Aalto University, Finland. 

Completed in 2020. Kim Plumley: Pharmacists as immunizers: increasing non-influenza adult immunization rates. Medical Humanities, Drew University, US. 

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