On the 17th of April 2018, professor Andries Baart gave a lecture in Zeist (NL) entitled Perception, An Art!? The art of perceiving and perceiving by the Arts. Professor Andries Baart is better known in Dutch academia for his dissertation ‘A Theory of Presence (2001)’. This work has become an embraced theory by care givers in the care and well-being sectors of Dutch society.

According to professor Andries Baart, the arts can contribute to a more subjective understanding of the recipient of care and of the major life-events or tragedies surrounding them, such as; falling in love, madness, the experience of honor, pain, or disgrace.

Professor Baart illustrated his argument, presenting many examples of artwork from diverse disciplines within the field including: fine arts, dance, illustration, and film. Some examples of the various artists whose work was highlighted include: Ron Mueck (Australia), Judith Vanistendael (Belgium), Berlinde de Bruyckere (Belgium), Willem Ritstier (Netherlands), Maartje Blans (Netherlands), and KUNSTrePUBLIK (Germany).

Tessa Smorenburg wrote for www.ethicsofcare.org an article about this lecture in English. Read the article here.