Wei Dong (Chinese, b. 1968); Kite Flying, 1995; ink and color on paper. Gift of Red Rock Studio, Hong Kong, A Williams Alumnus. Courtesy of the artist. (M.2007.20.23)
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Last Chance!

Don’t miss the exhibition Landscapes of the Mind: Contemporary Artists Contemplate the Brain. . .the last day to see the show is this Sunday, May 2. 

If you’ve (somehow!) missed all of the previous posts about this show, Landscapes of the Mind features the work of four contemporary artists—Susan Aldworth, Andrew Carnie, Jessica Rankin, and Katy Schimert—who blend the worlds of art and science.

Enjoy the warm weather this weekend and come to WCMA!  Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm,…

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Brainscapes and Anna Atkins’s cyanotypes

In March, the Williams College Museum of Art held a symposium that brought together artists and neuroscientists for a day of talks and discussions as part of Landscapes of the Mind: Contemporary Artists Contemplate the Brain.  It was during that time that one of the artists in the show, Susan Aldworth, visited us from her home in London.  Susan is an incredibly engaging person, a wonderful artist, and lots of fun.

One of the things that has stayed with me most about…

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“I am both in my mind and out of my brain”

 

“You can look INTO my brain but you will never find me.”
SUSAN ALDWORTH, 2006

I have been thinking a lot about the title of the exhibition Landscapes of the Mind. Contemporary neuroscience talks of “mapping the mind” — it aims to chart the neural infrastructure of the human mind. This knowledge is important for our understanding of what it is to be human. But whilst a map of the mind suggests the idea of a landscape if we are talking about…

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Magic Forest – Part 2

Beyond Magic Forest

Our discussions were helpful in aiding Richard Wingate in developing teaching strategies for his students and as well as developing his interest in science and art projects. Since we met, he has served on the selection panel for the Wellcome Trust’s art science grants panel and he has become more interested in teaching pedagogies as we have developed our links. Lots of time in Richard’s office was spent with him making explanatory drawings of the work he was undertaking and specifically…

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Magic Forest

The Symposium for Landscapes of the Mind has just taken place; unfortunately logistics and money meant I couldn’t be there! I hope it went well. Since I couldn’t be there I thought I would jot down some bits about Magic Forest (2002) that might be pertinent.

First thing is maybe to set it, in place and time and send a few images of the protagonists. By a bit of a contorted journey I eventually met Richard Wingate, my science associate at King’s…

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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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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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Two Worlds

We inhabit two worlds, each exquisite and sublime, each complete unto itself, but sundered from the other.  Our anxiety over the mysterious duality of it, over the intractable irreconcilability between the two, our puzzlement and, for some of us, regret, well, these are matched only by our confidence that we really are in two places, and that it must be so, that we know it with certainty.

The two worlds, of course, are, firstly: the internal world of waking, living, experiencing…

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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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‘On Neuroscience and the Arts’

Thank you to all who came to the Season Premiere Party last Thursday!  Despite the terrible weather it was a record turnout.  If you were there, you know that our speakers Betty Zimmerberg, Bernie Rhie, Olga Shevchenko, and John Stomberg gave incredibly engaging talks.

Don’t miss today’s Interdisciplinary Gallery Talk  at 4pm  with Joe Cruz, Associate Professor of Philosophy; Andrea Danyluk, Acting Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Computer Science; and Safa Zaki, Associate Professor of Psychology

Below is the talk…

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