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Monthly Archives: March 2010

The Woven Brain


“Our eyes may see images, but our brains interpret the visual world and generate cognitive and emotional responses to the visual input from the eyes.”

These words written by Curator Katie Price and Psychology Professor Betty Zimmerberg peaked my interest, inspiring me to be an enthusiastic part of this extraordinary show. It is not only the work in Landscapes of the Mind: Contemporary Artists Contemplate the Brain that is important but the collaboration of thoughts between disciplines that began in Professor…

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The Blind Spot and the Giant Hand

The blind spot is a well-known psychological phenomenon that is a direct correlate of an anatomical structure in the eye. The eye communicates with the brain by virtue of the fact that specific neurons in the eye project their axons out of the eye to the brain. Where this bundle of axons exits the eye is called the optic nerve head, and it turns out that the axons themselves actually crowd out the light sensors of eye, the photoreceptors, so…

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Where is Delphi?

The first time I looked at Katy Schimert’s Oedipal Blind Spot with Professors Gail Newman and Lara Hutson, and a friendly bunch of us, in order to find a point of entry and get my bearings, I followed the geographical landscape that this mural maps out.  Since that first viewing, I have remained fascinated by a particular feature of this Oedipal landscape:  Where is Delphi?

When Sophocles’ play Oedipus Rex opens, the city of Thebes has been afflicted with a terrible…

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More Tales of Whales

Mocha Dick is now on view, but here is some behind-the-scenes footage of the installation.


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Behind the Scenes, Part 1

I was fortunate enough to play a small role in helping Katy Schimert install her wall drawing, Oedipal Blind Spot, at WCMA. It was a fascinating experience to get to know a working artist and not only learn about, but literally take part in, her creative process. When Katie Price, co-curator of Landscapes of the Mind, asked me if I would be interested in helping Katy install her piece, I was incredibly flattered but also unsure if I had heard…

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Behind the Scenes– Part 2

Delighted from my collaborative role in the morning, I came back to the gallery that afternoon to help with the wall drawing. I had seen photos of Oedipal Blind Spot when it was exhibited at other locations, and thus had a general impression of its scale and complexity. It was a beautiful artwork in the photos, but it looked truly stunning even in its early stages when I saw it in person. Katy Schimert had already drawn the outlines of…

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A Symposium!

Come to WCMA on Saturday from 1 to 5 pm!  This symposium brings together artists and neuroscientists for an afternoon of talks and discussions about creativity, visualizing the brain, and finding connections where art and science meet.

Students will be available at noon to guide visitors through Landscapes of the Mind.

See you there!

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The Whale is Coming!

This is what we’re up to! Tristin Lowe is here installing Mocha Dick and we wanted to share some of the progression photos.

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How“Male” and “Female” Brains Might Lead to “Male” and “Female” Art

Katy Schimert’s floor piece, A Woman’s Brain, was inspired by an interest in the differences between the male and female brain. Given the well-documented existence of sex differences in a variety of behavioral domains (e.g., mental rotation ability, verbal fluency, willingness to ask for directions when lost), it would be naïve to think that male and female brain are identical. Only relatively recently, though, have sex differences in neuroanatomy been identified. Geoffrey Raisman and Pauline Field (1973) were the first…

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Family Day!

Don’t forget about Family Day…Saturday, March 6 from 1 to 4pm. 

What would it feel like to be inside a brain? Find out in the exhibition, Landscapes of the Mind: Contemporary Artists Contemplate the Brain, where you can watch brightly colored neurons grow like tree branches. The invisible workings of the mind become visible in contemporary sculptures, installation, prints, and embroidery. This family program offers student-led tours of the exhibition, mind games, artmaking projects, and mind-blowing activities by Williams professors Betty…

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