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The Winter Tree: Neuroscience and Art in the UK

Published: 14 March 2019
the winter tree

Symposium, Wednesday, 27th March 2019, 10.30 – 17.45 The Winchester Gallery, Winchester School of Art (West Side), University of Southampton, Park Ave, Winchester, SO23 8DL

In association with Room 2: Art Beyond Science, the Critical Practices Research Group at Winchester School of Art and the School of Art and Design, University of Portsmouth.

To accompany and inform Andrew Carnie’s work-in-progress exhibition, The Winter Tree at the Winchester Gallery Monday 25th - Saturday 30th March and Marius Kwint’s current fellowship with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, in which he is researching the history of the relationship of art and neuroscience in the UK. Organized and chaired by Andrew Carnie (University of Southampton) and Marius Kwint (University of Portsmouth).

Timings may be subject to amendment. Please feel free to dip in and out of sessions.

10.30               Arrival (refreshments available at the WSA East Side café).
10.50               Welcome and introductions.

session 1
11.00               Andrew Carnie, Exhibition introduction: The Winter Tree.
11.20               Q&A
11.30               Richard Wingate (King’s College London), What has art ever done for neuroscience?
11.50               Q&A
12.00               Susan Aldworth (Central St. Martins, UAL) and Andrew Carnie,
                       The Optogenetics Project.
12.10               Q&A
12.20               Garry Kennard (Art and Mind), What has neuroscience ever done for artists?
12.40               Q&A
12.50               Lunch (provided subject to booking by 8th March; otherwise available nearby)

session 2
14.00               Marius Kwint: Why a history of art and neuroscience in the UK?
14.20               Round-table discussion (chaired by Marius Kwint)
                       Surveying the field in the UK: historical landmarks, patterns, sources, methods
                       and arguments

15.30               Break (refreshments available at the East Side café).

session 3
16.00               Susan Aldworth, The Dark Self.
16.20               Q&A
16.30               Matthew McKisack (University of Exeter), Internal Visibility: on Differential Imagery Experience
                       and Artistic Production
16.50               Q&A
17.00               Nicolas Strappini (PhD student, University of Portsmouth), Self-assembling phenomena
                       and the dendritic form.
17.20               Q&A
17.30               Concluding remarks and future funding possibilities.
17.45               Optional self-funded drinks and modest dinner out.

Free event and all welcome, but please book by email (by 12 pm Friday 8th March to reserve lunch, or by 22nd March at the latest) to Andrew Carnie:

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