Artist Luke Jerram will present an overview of Art in Mind, a recent publication that traces his research and practice during the last ten years. Using examples of his work, slides and films, the artist will talk about the possibilities and implications for creating art within unusual perceptual spaces and give a practical demonstration of his patented retinal after-image technology, creating virtual sculptures within the audiences vision.
Luke is joined by sleep psychologist Dr Chris Alford, and together they will discuss their collaborative journey, the relation between art and science and how it has impacted on the development of his artistic projects. The talk will be followed by a drinks reception at Arnolfini bookshop.
Movies and the Mind
This event is part of our Movies and the Mind season. Film is uniquely well-suited to conveying neurological disorders. Its ability to transport viewers into an alternate reality allows them to experience the inner thoughts and feelings of the character’s mind. As such, films possess immense power to influence our perception and understanding of the brain, particularly when it comes to issues around mental health. Films can be both devil and saviour in combating the stigma still associated with psychiatric illness; both perpetuating stereotypes, such as the violent psychopath, but also giving sensitive portrayals of the reality of brain disease and opportunities to discover what neuroscience can tell us about how the mind works.
Movies and the Mind showcases four films that raise questions about the nature of the brain and what happens when it goes wrong – and offers the chance to find out some of the answers. Bristol is one of the UK’s leading centres for neuroscience research and clinical practice.
Luke Jerram designs artworks that deliver an experience to unusual perceptual territories. His Sky Orchestra, using surround sound played from hot air balloons, launched the Sydney Festival in January 2007, and was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company over Stratford-upon-Avon to mark its Complete Works Festival in June 2006. As well as the Clark Bursary, he has previously been awarded a NESTA fellowship and completed an AHRC Arts and Science Fellowship at UWE.
Chris Alford is a Reader in Applied Psychology at the University of the West of England. He was a founding member of the British Sleep Society and has worked as a legal adviser and expert witness for sleep, drugs and driving related cases. He collaborates with Jeni Parker as part of the UWE Dream Research Group, and with Bristol based artists Luke Jerram and Dan Jones for sleep performance events.
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