JAUS is very pleased to present ADHD (Art Diagnostics and Healing Devices) curated by Dr. Kóan Jeff Baysa, M.D.
That “art heals” is an adage that has been ingrained into conventional wisdom but medicine, also known as “the healing arts” has been inclusive of seemingly radical and sometimes controversial healing practices that range from placebo to leeches, from herbs to toxins, from gamma knives to gene therapy. Distinctly different from a show on art therapy that focuses on a prescribed method, Art Diagnostics and Healing Devices (ADHD) is a group exhibition chosen from a range of innovative art studio practices that investigates the relationship between contemporary art, therapeutic devices, diagnostic approaches, and healing strategies. The artists in ADHD deploy robots, neuroimaging, remote sensing, olfaction, gaming design, and mathematics, as well as humor and metaphor, in their inquiries into and analyses of medical science and the nature and meaning of healing.
Kóan Jeff Baysa is a physician, curator, designer, writer, Whitney Museum ISP Curatorial Fellow alumnus, and a member of AICA, the association of international art critics. He has curated exhibitions internationally as well as for the Whitney Museum, Canon Corporation, and the United Nations. On the boards of The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School University and the Omi International Arts Center, he has presented lectures at the MoMA, Whitney Museum, NextMed, the Phillips Collection and the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study. He received a Ford Foundation grant to lecture at the Hanoi University of Culture. Born and raised in Hawaii and completing his medical education as a fellow at UCSF, Dr. Baysa has segued from a clinical practice in allergy and clinical immunology to clinical research investigating neuroplasticity, olfactory stimuli, and memory disorders. His medical and curatorial practices bring the cultures of science, design, technology, and art together.