Nov 2023–Jun 2024

Groundwork is a seven-month library residency at Canal Projects, New York. Over this period, the space will grow as a collective workshop for learning and convening—gathering together friends, old and new, to think and transform together.

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Reflecting Forward

Featuring Tamara Sussman and others

Jun 15, 2024

Canal Projects, New York

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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.