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Catherine Truman
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Catherine Truman is currently undertaking a Synapse Residency with the Department of Anatomy and Histology at Flinders University.

Understanding the human body and its representation is a requirement across diverse disciplines including science, philosophy and the creative arts. For medical students, however, the capacity to learn and remember detailed human anatomy is crucial to their studies and their future professional lives. In this Synapse residency, artist and former Australia Council of the Arts Fellow, Catherine Truman, will work alongside Professor Ian Gibbins, Head of Anatomy and Histology at Flinders University, to build upon their earlier collaborative research activity investigating pedagogical tools, processes and environments that have the potential to optimise the uptake and retention of anatomical learning.

My current interests lie in the new associations, new connections and even new dislocations we experience of our own bodies and those of others-in relation to our rapidly changing external environment.
I am curious about the role that new technologies play in the translation, expression and expansion of our individual and shared experiences of the human body. The ways in which this visual and sensorial and intellectual knowledge and understanding grows and undergoes constant change largely without a conscious registering are interesting to me. These subtle shifts occur all the time and yet there is a notion that human anatomy is a static entity- a known structure.
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