Art Meets Neuroscience
Whether you follow the news about concussions in sports, cope with dementia, chronic pain or anxiety, or just ruminate and remember, it’s impossible to escape the central role the brain plays in our lives. It controls our every aspect – physical, mental and emotional – mediating our experiences, even our degree of empathy. As you read these sentences, the nerve cells in your eyes analyze letter shapes and synapses fire through your body. At the same time, your brain questions, perhaps in exasperation, how this text relates to art. The answer? Neurocraft, an exhibition that brings together art and neuroscience – the study of the brain and the nervous system. It’s on view at the John Buhler Research Centre at the University of Manitoba until March 31. Organized by the Manitoba Craft Council in partnership with the Manitoba Neuroscience Network, the project matched nine Winnipeg artists with nine neuroscientists, most based at the University of Manitoba. Neurocraft is aimed at increasing public awareness about recent research on the brain as well as the creative possibilities of contemporary craft. While the pairing may seem unlikely, scientists and artists do share common traits – things like curiosity, intense focus, acute sensory perception, attention to detail and a delight in discovery. The resulting show is exceptional, exciting, enlightening and empowering. More ►
– Marlene Milne
Editor’s Note: This exhibition closed two weeks early after two pieces of art were destroyed on Saturday, March 19. Winnipeg police were investigating. The show will open in Montreal in May.