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Family Portraits

Date : April- May 2016

Medium : Community-engaged project : sound interactive painting 

Materials: Microcontroller board, acrylic and conductive paints on canvas

Art in Collaboration by The Following Members:

Participating Communities :

( 1 ) The Homeschool Program of Rainey Institute 

Family members of The Stradiot Family

Family members of The Christian Family

( 2 ) Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University


Martin Kohn / Director of the Program of Medical Humanities, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

Katherine Burke / Director of DHC Project

Students from Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

( 3 ) Meng-Hsuan Wu / Community Artist of Devising Healthy Community  

Images of The Project :

Project Description:

    The meeting of the project practice was totally four times. During the first meeting, Meng and the members from Lerner College of Medicine interviewed the members of the Stradiot Family and the Christian Family. Through the interview, the information about all the family members and their ideas about their home were collected by letting family members talk about themselves and all the other family members. All the family members' perspectives were audio-recorded as the sound sources for this project.

    After the interview, each member of the Stradiot  and the Christian Family was assigned to sketch another family member's portrait. Then, each individual family's portrait sketch was gathered and traced onto the canvas . After that, all participants colored the painting of the family portraits together at Rainey Institute. The final painting of family portraits was installed in the house of both participating families by the community artist, Meng. The voices of all members from the Stradiot Family will be displayed when the audience touches the black conductive paint used in the painting.

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