Your Brain on Art: Music and the Unexpected

 

Discussions on Creativity and the Mind

Your Brain on Art 2013

How and why do artists create? Are artists wired differently to perceive the world differently? How do we interpret and experience their work? How does brain function encourage and inspire the making and enjoyment of art?

Throughout time, artists have intuitively made observations and practiced techniques that scientists, through the use of advanced neuro-scanning methods, are just now beginning to explore and understand.

Join BMoCA for a series of conversations and demonstrations with artists, neuroscientists, historians, and other great minds in the field of neuroaesthetics and explore creativity through the lens of science.

What Drives Creativity?
Music and the Unexpected
Thursday, October 24 7pm
$15 / $12 members

From Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring (1913) to Otis Taylor’s trance blues, music has the power to alter brain rhythm and chemistry, creating mental states ranging from a dream-like state to near-rioting. Explore the unexpected side of music composition with musician Otis Taylor, conductor Scott O’Neil of The Colorado Symphony, and Vijay Mittal, Ph.D. and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder as they explore what drives creativity. Performance by Colorado Symphony Ensemble.

YOUR BRAIN ON ART is presented by Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) in collaboration with Bill Stoehr & the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Sponsors

Gretchen & Neil King
Boulder Arts Commission
The Citizens of the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District
Colorado Creative Industries
The Community Foundation
The Denver Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts


Your Brain on Art: What Drives Creativity?



For further research

TED: Charles Limb: Your Brain on Improv
NPR: Art, Mind and Brain Intersect in Kandel’s Vienna
University of Michigan: Margaret Livingstone: What Art Can Tell Us About the Brain
PBS: Arts & The Mind
The Science of the Arts: Perceptual Neuroscience and Aesthetics at Johns Hopkins Brain Sciences Institute

2012 Topics and Speakers

The Gaze
The gaze has long been the subject of mystery and intrigue in art. How do we cognitively and emotionally connect with a depiction of another person? Take a historical, scientific, and artistic look at how we interpret the face in art.

Claire Farago, Ph.D.
Professor of Art History, University of Colorado Boulder

Lewis O. Harvey, Jr., Ph.D.
Chair, University of Colorado Department of Psychology & Neuroscience

Bill Stoehr
Artist
Moderated by

Vijay Mittal, Ph.D.
Director of Adolescent Development and Preventive Treatment Program (ADAPT)
University of Colorado Department of Psychology & Neuroscience

Food & Scent as Memory
How does taste and smell bring back a flood of memories? Learn about the science of smell and taste, and it’s super-highway to the memory and the innovative use of food and scent by artists and chefs.

Teresa Booth Brown
Artist & Chef

Nicole Garneau, Ph.D.
Curator and Chair of the Health Sciences Department, Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Mario Martinez
CEC, Chef Instructor, Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts

Ernesto Salcedo, Ph.D.
Faculty, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Cell and Developmental Biology, Anschutz Medical Campus

Dawn Spencer Hurwitz
Perfumer

Creativity & Improvisation
Explore what musical improvisation can reveal about creativity and brain function.

John Gunther
Associate Professor, College of Music, University of Colorado Boulder

Charles J. Limb, M.D.
Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine & Faculty, Peabody Conservatory of Music

PromethaZane
Freestyle Emcee & Rapper

Moderated by:

Marie T. Banich, Ph.D.
Director of the Institute of Cognitive Science & Professor of Psychology
University of Colorado Department of Psychology & Neuroscience

2011 Topics and Speakers

Series Moderator
Bill Stoehr
Artist

Improvisation/Creativity

Rick Cummings
Photographer

Robert Sher-Machherndl
Director & Choreographer , Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet

Vijay Mittal, Ph.D.
Director of Adolescent Development and Preventive Treatment Program (ADAPT) & Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Department of Psychology & Neuroscience

Visual Perception
Examine visual perception as it applies to art such as painting and sculpture. Knowledge of visual neurobiology can enhance our ability to create and appreciate art.

Mike Womack
Artist

Xi Zhang
Artist

Dr. Jennifer Simonson, OD, FCOVD
Doctor of Optometry
Director of Boulder Valley Vision Therapy P.C.

Lewis O. Harvey, Jr., Ph.D.
Chair
University of Colorado Department of Psychology & Neuroscience

Neuroaesthetics
The relatively new field of neuroaesthetics examines how genetics and our life experiences work together to influence what we see as beautiful or interesting and how artists utilize this knowledge in their work.

Lynne Bruning
Textile enchantress

Sara Rockinger
Fiber/Installation artist

Tor Wager, Ph.D.
Director of the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory & Associate Professor
University of Colorado Department of Psychology & Neuroscience

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