Dr. Kaisu Koski is a cross-disciplinary artist and humanities scholar with a background in performance, screen-based media and biological materials. She is an Associate Professor of Art and Design at Lab4Living at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Kaisu’s work explores climate crisis, human-nonhuman relationships, and empathy, and it involves collaboration with scientists, clinicians, and engineers. She has conducted research fellowships in various medical schools and created films for medical curricula on topics such as vaccine-hesitancy and breaking bad news. Kaisu’s work has been exhibited and performed in multiple gallery shows and theaters and received awards in the film festival circuit. The venues include Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Hasselt Triennial, Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Estonian Museum of Applied Arts, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, and Helsinki International Film Festival. She has also received several research grants, including organizations such as the Academy of Finland and the Portuguese National Science Foundation. In 2020, Kaisu initiated the Citizen Surgery Collective, an interdisciplinary practice-based research group consisting of artists, critical posthumanists, and anthropologists. Their work concerns surgical literacy, sensory skills acquisition, and the relationship between (non)human animal bodies and food.

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