2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
    Feb 27, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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AIH 203 Representing Pain


3 credits

Pain has been an elusive concept throughout history. At various times it has been described as an object, metaphor, punishment, response, sensation, mechanism, sign, neurological impulse, experience, and event. These conflicting accounts demonstration that pain is never just a physical or biological process. Rather, it is a social phenomenon and source of meaning that requires interpretation by those who experience it, treat it, and define it. This course explores the historical dimension of these debates using examples across different artistic disciplines. It also offers a survey of how contemporary artists have attempted to address the questions that remain unsettled: What is pain? What forces affect how we feel and respond to pain? How can we effectively observe and represent pain?



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