Reflecting Forward Featuring Tamara Sussman

Saturday, June 15, 2024 7–9pm

Please RSVP to the free participatory talk and workshop.

Limited to 30 people.

Every good thing must come to an end, and an end can also be a beginning—a chance to rewrite the stories we’ve told ourselves and transform them into something new.

Join us for a special gathering to mark the close of the Groundwork library residency at Canal Projects and the start of DOT’s micro-residency at The Clemente. At this multi-modal participatory event, DOT’s Prem Krishnamurthy will share thoughts and findings that have emerged out of the activities of the past months: one-on-one conversations, gatherings with artists who have become therapists, a monthly reading group, and participatory events featuring a host of artists both at Canal Projects and elsewhere. As part of the event, artist-turned-clinical psychologist Tamara Sussman will prototype a workshop format for sharing cognitive behavioral tools to build models that can help pinpoint where we can make useful changes in our lives. Plus: who knows, there may even be some karaoke!

Presented by Canal Projects and The Clemente

Tamara Sussman is a clinical psychologist and an Assistant Professor at the New York State Psychiatric Institute / Columbia University Medical Center. She conducts research examining how adverse childhood experiences influence inhibitory control, reward-related decision making and risk for substance use. She also provides direct treatment, and the focus of her clinical work is treating post-traumatic stress disorder. She believes that it is important to maintain a connection between basic research and clinical practice, as observations made during clinical practice can meaningfully hone research questions. Before becoming a psychologist, she made art, earning an MFA at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, and exhibiting her installation, photography, and collage with Rosamund Felsen Gallery.

Department of Transformation (D🌏T) is an artist-organized group that mobilizes the power of art and design towards individual, collective, and structural transformation. D🌎T was founded by designer, author, and educator Prem Krishnamurthy and takes shape through workshops, events, publications, and community-based activities (+ karaoke!) around the world.

Prem Krishnamurthy runs Department of Transformation, an artist-organized group that explores art as an agent of transformation for individuals, communities, and institutions. His multidisciplinary work manifests itself in books, exhibitions, images, performances, publications, systems, talks, texts, and workshops (+ karaoke!). He received the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Communications Design in 2015 and KW Institute for Contemporary Art’s “A Year With…” residency fellowship in 2018. He has curated several large-scale exhibitions including FRONT International 2022: Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows. His book-length epistolary essay, On Letters, was published in 2022. Having previously founded Project Projects and P!, he is currently a partner in the design studio Wkshps.

“Department of Transformation: Activating Participation Now!” Featuring Andros Zins-Browne and Naoco Wowsugi. Canal Projects, NY. May 16, 2024. Photo: Walter Wlodarczyk