Materialities of Care: Exploring inanimate objects in the clinical encounter

June 20, 2023


What do you notice in a doctor’s exam room? For our June Community of Practice workshop, we will explore everyday objects of the clinical setting, and consider the elements that build trust and communication between patient and clinician. Using both words and memories as prompts, participants will have opportunities to write and share with the group.

Facilitator Bio

Lisa Erdman

Lisa Erdman MFA, DA, is an artist, educator, and researcher. She has taught art and design at the university level in the United States and in Finland. Her performances and media art explore the politics of medicine and cultural identity. Currently, Lisa teaches health humanities courses and conducts arts-based health research at Penn State College of Medicine. She is interested in examining the mechanisms that shape personal identity and one’s relationship to medical authority. Lisa holds a Doctorate of Arts (Art Education) from Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland, and a Masters of Fine Art in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. Lisa’s media art and performance work has been exhibited internationally in such venues as: The Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, Finland; SIGGRAPH Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Boston; The Houston International Film Festival; and the Cine Estudiantil Latino Film Festival in Enseñada, Mexico. Learn more about her work at

Marina Vladova

Marina Vladova MPH, MEd facilitates narrative medicine workshops in hospitals, cancer support centers, hospices, medical schools, and veterans housing facilities. She was drawn to narrative medicine after volunteering for ODH’s first COVID-19 prevalence study in 2020, and is interested in how narrative medicine can be used to cultivate interprofessional teams. Marina has designed and taught humanities classes at Northeast Ohio Medical University, and Kent State University. Marina was born in Odesa, Ukraine and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. She loves gooseberries, Walt Whitman, slide guitar, and “The Secret” by Denise Levertov is one of her favorite poems.

Event Details

June 20, 2023


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