Art and Neuroscience Project

Art and Neuroscience

By: Art and Neuroscience Project 2013

Please see PDF download for Project collaborations.

The Artist and Scientist collaborations in the Art and Neuroscience Project were:

Lucia Schoderböck, Kristen Peren and Marion Wassenaar,  Slide

Louise Parr-Brownlie and Amy Moffitt, Torn

Clementine Bosch and Chris Reid, Optogenetic Rat

Christine Jasoni and Sally Shephard, The only thing more powerful than fear is hope

Valerie Tan and Richard Mountain, Virus #72

Lucia Schoderböck and Sue Novell, This painting is about memories

Phil Brownjohn, Jonathan Shemmell and Jimmy Bellaney, Neuroscape

Margaret Ryan and Becky Cameron, Locus lucidus

Damian Scarf and Sue Taylor, Pigeon PI

Brian Hyland and David Green, mindthegap I

Stephanie Hughes and Paddy Woodman, Foramen Magnum

Justine Fuller, Desi Liversage and Katya Gunn, Is this the work of sadism of love?

Laura Boddington and Jo Papps, Pathways

Andrew Clarkson and Emily Grace Hill, Compound Logic

Joanna Williams and Rowan Holt, Hopes


Franky Strachan,  Review of “Art and Neuroscience”

Sunkita Howard and Jenny Rock, Seeing Science “through new eyes” in an art and neuroscience collaboration


Introduction to Art and Medicine Projects: ART AND SCIENCE
Peter Stupples

As a system of visual representation art has a long history of recording human investigations into the world of nature and, even more broadly, into speculating, even fantasising, about what that world might look like – out there in unseen worlds or in there, in the body, underneath the surface of things. An unsatisfi ed curiosity is a characteristic of humankind. Leonardo da Vinci is the prime example of the artist/scientist forever looking and drawing what he or she has seen and, on the foundation of actuality, proceeding to give visual substance to more speculative ideas.

In recent years science/technology has expanded the scope of art’s reach – adding photography and computer-driven applications, such as photoshop, to the toolbox. In order to explore this close association of art, science and technology the Dunedin School of Art organised a symposium in 2009 entitled ‘Illustrating the Unseeable: Reconnecting Art and Science’, bringing together both artists and those working in the visual presentation of science, such as Paul Trotman with his ground-breaking fi lm Donated to Science (2009). This was the first of a subsequent series of symposia dedicated to the way aspects of the visual arts relate to our social world in a constantly changing refl exive symbiosis.

In 2011 Ruth Napper, of the Anatomy Department at the University of Otago, suggested returning to the art and science dyad with a new initiative, a ninemonth project in which artists and scientists of specific disciplines might be encouraged to share ideas and experience, out of which artworks could be created inspired by that mutual interaction. She joined forces with Peter Stupples at the Dunedin School of Art and together they organised the Art and Neuroscience Project, November 2012-August 2013, that resulted in an exhibition and catalogue.

This venture was regarded as such a success by artists and scientists, as well as the University of Otago and the Dunedin School of Art, that another project ‘Art and Anatomy’ was launched in December 2013 and will have its exhibition in late June 2014 as part of the Dunedin Science Festival.