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Short articles on the connections between Art, Science and Consciousness – thoughts on possibilities; exploring imagined futures; contemplations.

Garry Kennard: And no birds sing

Garry Kennard is a painter, writer and founding director of Art and Mind (www.artandmind.org). A fascination with how the brain reacts to works of art has lead Kennard to research, write and lecture on these topics. With Rita Carter and Annabel Huxley he devised and directed the unique Art and Mind Festivals which attracted leading artists and scientists to explore what light the brain sciences can throw on contemporary culture.

This essay is his personal view of the new Tate Modern extension.

Memory: What exactly happened?

Garry Kennard is a painter, writer and founding director of Art and Mind (www.artandmind.org). A fascination with how the brain reacts to works of art has lead Kennard to research, write and lecture on these topics. With Rita Carter and Annabel Huxley he devised and directed the unique Art and Mind Festivals which attracted leading artists and scientists to explore what light the brain sciences can throw on contemporary culture.

Mr. Turner, artist, meets Mrs. Somerville, scientist

The great 19th century English artist J. M. W. Turner had an innovative style that earned him the title “the painter of light” and is considered a forerunner of Impressionism. A different aspect is that Turner’s works were influenced by the technology of the time and its scientists. One such link was with Mary Fairfax Somerville, a Scotswoman recently honored for her pioneering scientific work by her portrait on a Scottish banknote.

Paying attention – the disappearance of Rosa

Paying attention – the disappearance of Rosa ‘One way to achieve a more tranquil state of consciousness is through aesthetic perception. This is a special state of perceptual consciousness, where we apprehend some spatio-temporal object and discern through this object, the Platonic Idea that corresponds to the type of object in question. In this special […]

Open Letter to the Tate

“This letter was sent to Dr Penelope Curtis, director of Tate Britain, on 6 December 2014. Although addressing what I see as problems with that particular gallery display, I believe the issues raised have a much wider application, not only in the visual arts but in a wider cultural setting. And I believe they are of profound importance”. Garry Kennard

Evolution as a Spiritual Journey

“Most people think of evolution in physical Darwinian terms, from the perspective of the evolution of species. My purpose in this paper is to show evolution in a different light, from the perspective of the evolution of human consciousness.” – Richard Barrett is an author, speaker and internationally recognised thought leader on the evolution of human values in business and society