'Affecting Perception: Art and neuroscience' opens
News / Published: 1 March 2013
Can brain damage spark creativity? What is the role of memory in art? Is it right to categorise people by their conditions? Which aspects of an artist's skill are affected by dementia, and which ones are preserved? These are just some of the questions that a new exhibition, opening tomorrow in Oxford, investigates.
The exhibition at the O3 Gallery runs from 2 March to 31 March 2013 and showcases leading artists affected by conditions of the brain and inspired by recent discoveries in neuroscience.
'Affecting Perception' is presented by the AXNS Collective, a group of young graduates interested in the crossover between art and science. With backgrounds in medicine, curating, production and community engagement, the organisers have come together to deliver their first project.
Alongside the exhibition, there will be several seminars and workshops in the local community in Oxford.
The seminar series, which is open to all and free to attend, features neuroscientists and the exhibiting artists discussing the themes of the exhibition. Speakers include Professor Charles Spence from the University of Oxford, exploring visual perception, and artist Jon Sarkin, discussing his experiences following a major stroke.
'Affecting Perception' is funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Wates Foundation and is supported by the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford.
Tuesday-Friday, 12.00-17.00. Saturday and Sunday, 11.00-16.00. Closed Mondays.