Video: Amy Ione Lecture: “Art and the Brain: Plasticity, Embodiment, and the Unclosed Circle”

Keynote lecture for Off the Lip 2015 conference at Cog Novo: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Cognitive Innovation: Conference from 9-11 Sep 2015. The lecture introduces ideas from Ione’s forthcoming book, Art and the Brain: Plasticity, Embodiment, and the Unclosed Circle see www.diatrope.com/artbrainbook.

Also posted on the page are the two other keynotes: “Roger Malina, New Forms of Art-Science Collaboration: Case Studies” and “Sundar Sarukkai, Cognitive Innovation in Mathematics”, see http://www.cognovo.eu/events/otlip15-keynotes.php#amy-ione

Math becomes art in Byrne’s 1847 Colourful Euclid

St Andrews has posted an edition of Euclid that is a richly saturated, tri-tone experiment in explaining the complexities of the foundations of geometry through shape and colour. This work, from the mid-19th century, conjures up Mondrian paintings, or Bauhaus and De Stijl schools of design. The following link offers a look at the work and some commentary: https://standrewsrarebooks.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/reading-the-collections-week-46-math-becomes-art-in-byrnes-1847-colourful-euclid/

Help Rebuild the University of Baghdad’s Destroyed Art Library

Iraqi-born artist Wafaa Bilal’s exhibition Wafaa Bilal: 168:01 at the Art Gallery of Windsor addresses the cyclical history of violence against cultural institutions, and libraries in particular, during times of war and conflict. It is composed of a central bookshelf that occupies most of the gallery space. The shelves are filled with white books. As the exhibition progresses through a subtle durational performance, the white books will be replaced with donations of real books that were torched at the library of the College of Fine Arts, University of Baghdad.

The exhibition is linked to a Kickstarter campaign to replace all 1,000 blank books in the exhibition with educational texts. At the end of the exhibition, all of the texts will be shipped to the College of Fine Arts in Baghdad, beginning the process of rebuilding their library.

CFP: Taboo-Transgression-Transcendence

The Department of Audio and Visual Arts of the Ionian University organizes a two-day interdisciplinary conference with theoretical and artwork presentations under the theme of “Taboo – Transgression – Transcendence”, focusing on questions about the nature of the forbidden and the liminal as expressed in science and art.

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Exhibition: By Land and By Sea: Scientific Expedition Reports in Special Collections from 1826 to the 1960s

On display through 04 March 2016: University of Otage, Dunedin, New Zealand

LIB SC Land Sea Poster 2015 miniRich with photographs, colourful plates, scientific descriptions, anthropological and geographical observations and general insights into expeditionary life, the Scientific Expedition Reports are a veritable mine of information. From the Arctic to the Antarctic, from Uganda to Patagonia, the earliest of the reports dates from D’Urville’s expedition in the Astrolabe 1826-29, published in 1832, and the latest are from the University of Canterbury Snares Islands expeditions beginning in the 1960s.

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Symposium: CFP: Interdisciplinary Scholarship in Land Use & Ethics: Poetics

The ESF Northern Forest Institute will hold its fourth annual symposium of interdisciplinary scholarship in land use and ethics June 10 – 12, 2016. CFP information.

June 10 – 12, 2016
A Northern Forest Institute Symposium

The ESF Northern Forest Institute will hold its fourth annual symposium of interdisciplinary scholarship in land use and ethics June 10 – 12, 2016.

More information: http://www.esf.edu/nfi/symposium/  and http://www.esf.edu/nfi/symposium/documents/2016_CFP.pdf

CFP: Rethinking Pictures: A Transatlantic Dialogue

CFP: Rethinking Pictures: A Transatlantic Dialogue. An international symposium organized by the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte, Paris, and the Terra Foundation for American Art (Paris, 19-20 May 2016).

An international symposium organized by the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte, Paris, and the Terra Foundation for American Art (Paris, 19-20 May 2016).

On the occasion of the launch of Picturing, the first volume of the Terra Foundation Essays, a new publication series exploring themes of critical importance to the history of arts and visual culture of the United States, the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte, Paris, and the Terra Foundation for American Art are jointly organizing a conference that will further the transatlantic dialogue about what pictures are and what they do.

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You See More When You Draw (so stop taking photos)

In today’s world of mobile phones and media a visit to a museum is often a passive and superficial experience. Visitors are easily distracted and do not truly experience beauty, magic and wonder. The Rijksmuseum wants to help visitors discover and appreciate the beauty of art and history through drawing, so #start drawing in the galleries of the museum.