What do images of the brain tell us about the history of consciousness? And our ideas about the mind?

How has art influenced the sciences of the mind? And vice versa?

How can history contribute to the scientific exploration of the brain?

Can a dialogue between artists, humanists, and scientists lead to novel understandings in this realm?

This is what I'm wondering about.

Angela Richardson
MFA student
Department of Art
UW - Madison

We’ve got brains on the brain at THE IMAGE LAB!

Professor Lynda (aka Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Creativity at UW-Madison and cartoonist & author extraordinaire, Lynda Barry) has a new project space at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. It’s called THE IMAGE LAB. It’s a place where the public can “watch ideas take shape…”

I’m fortunate enough to be its first artist-in-residence! I’m there working on a research project called IN THE MIND’S EYE about the history of visual representations of brain and the mind.

Here’s my central question: how have images of all kinds – from historical illustrations, to modern art, to bioimaging –  shaped our understanding of the brain, cognition, and consciousness?

The Image Lab welcomes visitors as active collaborators in discussion, discovery, and making. Kids need to be accompanied by an adult. There are no “planned” public activities as yet, but stay tuned, as those are forthcoming.

Image Lab hours: M/W 10am-2pm & T/R 2-6pm. Additional hours catch as catch can! Bring your thoughts on thinking and let us pick your brain. Room 1160, northwest corner, 1st floor at WID at UW-Madison.

Humanities + Sciences = THE IMAGE LAB

  1. imagineacircle reblogged this from thenearsightedmonkey
  2. stilliamone reblogged this from thenearsightedmonkey and added:
    Cool things. If you live in/around Madison, go check it out so I can live vicariously.
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  4. bangfuckimdead reblogged this from thenearsightedmonkey and added:
    Soheila, I think you’d be interested in reading about this, since you can’t go to it.
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  6. notational reblogged this from thenearsightedmonkey and added:
    Looks good.