Tuesday, April 27, 2010
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…
Thursday, April 15, 2010
“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…
Thursday, March 11, 2010
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!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
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…
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
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…
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Landscapes of the Mind is one of several exhibitions in the last few years that have explored the connections between neuroscience and art. Suzanne Anker and Giovanni Frazzetto recently published an article in the prestigious journal Nature Reviews Neuroscience (November 2009) defining the influence of neuroscience findings into the public consciousness as “neuroculture.”
We see Landscapes of the Mind as a continuation of the dialogue between these two creative fields. It is understandable and valuable for society that artists are interpreting findings from neuroscience…
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Landscapes of the Mind: Contemporary Artists Contemplate the Brain brings together two seemingly disparate worlds – the studio and the laboratory – to foster new connections between art and the neuroscience of mind. The four artists featured here, Susan Aldworth, Jessica Rankin, Katy Schimert, and Andrew Carnie, take as their starting point images produced by modern neuroanatomical techniques that visualize the brain’s dramatic interior. While neuroscientists create images for research that are at once technically revealing and aesthetically pleasing, these…