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Antonio Damasio, M.D., is a professor of neuroscience and the director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California. He is a pioneer in the field of cognitive neuroscience and a highly cited researcher. He has received numerous awards for his contributions to the understanding of emotions, feelings and decision-making, and he has described his discoveries in several books.
Walking the halls here at the Brain and Creativity Institute, I see art works from your personal collection, and downstairs there is a theater that is also used as a recording studio. How are you furthering the understanding of the connection between the brain and the arts?
As you come through the lobby, if you turn right, you go toward a laboratory of electrophysiology and a state-of-the-art 3-D MR brain scanner. If you turn left, you go into a small, state-of-the-art auditorium. Its acoustics were designed by Yasuhisa Toyota, who is responsible for the sound of some of the greatest music halls around the world from Tokyo to Hamburg, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall here in LA, a landmark collaboration with Frank Gehry. What we wanted when we created this complex is to literally force people to say, “What an odd combination. Why?” So here is the answer. On the one hand, we have the most modern form of inquiring into the brain-making mind, and, on the other, we have the oldest. Because when people were beginning to do theater, music and recitations of poetry, say, in an arena in Greece, they were in fact inquiring about the human mind in very probing ways. Great culture — philosophy, theater, music — gave us some of the most remarkable first entries into the human mind. We wanted to have these two approaches together to force those who work here as well as visitors to see that they’re not that different — that the mission we pursue now is not that different from the mission that Sophocles or Aristotle pursued. We need to bridge the two approaches and keep respecting the achievements of the past. The idea that by just doing neuroscience or advanced cognitive science, one can understand everything about the human mind is ridiculous. We need to bring past efforts in the arts and the humanities into the mix and also use the current contributions of artists and philosophers to understand this most complicated process that is the human mind.
Giuseppe Agnello, Anima e corpo, Resina poliestere, elementi naturali, Dimensioni al vero, 2011, photos courtesy of the Giuseppe Agnello
The beauty of mathematics – in pictures
The book 50 Visions of Mathematics is a collection of 50 short essays by 50 maths writers and a foreword by Dara O Briain. Launched on Wednesday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, it also contains 50 images supplied in response to an open call from the worldwide maths community. Here are my favourites (via The beauty of mathematics – in pictures | Alex Bellos | Science | theguardian.com)
The Original Star Wars Concept Art Is Amazing
Incredible illustrations by artist Ralph McQuarrie. Not a trap.
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Cloud Prototype No. 2, (2006) at Galerie Thomas Schulte / Armory Show 2014.
Virtual Worlds: Walter Pichler’s Futuristic Visions
Around forty-five years ago a man wore a submarine-like white helmet that extended from front to back. His entire head disappeared into the futurist capsule; only the title betraying what was happening. TV Helmet created in 1967 is a technical device that isolates the user while imbedding him or her in an endless web of information: closed off against the outside world, the wearer was completely focused on the screen before his eyes. TV Helmet is the work of Walter Pichler and it doesn’t merely formally anticipate the cyber glasses developed decades later; Pichler also articulated questions of content in relation to the media experience long before the “virtual world” was even discovered. Even back then, Walter Pichler was probably already a media critic as he’s remained one to this day. But he is also a conceptually thinking artist who explored space early on—beyond the four walls and the structures of cities. Pichler called his invention a Portable Living Room. His pioneering designs, The Prototypes, are pneumatic plastic living bubbles from the sixties that sought answers to the questions of tomorrow’s individualized life somewhere between the areas of design, architecture, and art. With their reference to space travel and modernist materials, Pichler’s futurist sculptures inspire a desire for the future— even if his messages are said to possess a sceptical or sarcastic undertone. (via Virtual Worlds: Walter Pichler’s Futuristic Visions | artselectronic)
Drone takes light paintings into whole new realm
Light paintings, or long exposure photography if you want to be technically correct, never gets old. Over the years, we’ve seen quite an impressive array of creative light paintings made using different techniques. But this is the first time we’ve seen an artist use a drone to light up the night in such spectacular fashion. Artist and remote-control aviation enthusiast FICTION thought it’d be fun to try to emulate some of the aesthetic from Close Encounters of the Third Kind using a drone. To create his “Close Encounters of the Phantom Kind” homage, FICTION took a DJI Phantom drone, strapped some lights to it, flew it around at night, and then took some long exposure shots. The result: some decent abstract light art. Good, but not great stuff. To turn the ordinary-looking long exposures into something more eye-catching, FICTION imported the shots into Photoshop and mirrored them. As you can see for yourself in the gallery below, the final composites are way more interesting to look at. We know Amazon and the UAE are wetting their pants at the idea of drone delivery systems, but can we get some more drone art guys? More of this stuff please. (via Drone takes light paintings into whole new realm | DVICE)