“There is, of course, the neuroscience of art, where researchers seek to tease out the brain features that characterize artists, as a means to understand how the brain achieves such complex and nuanced outward expressions, and how disruption of brain networks alters these expressions. On the other hand, there is art based on neuroscience, such as mine and others in this issue, that provide an alternate view of scientific concepts. These bi-directional connections strengthen both art and neuroscience.”
The Lines that Connect is co-edited with Dr. Amanpreet Badhwar (neuroscientist and artist) and explores contemporary thinking and work on the interactions between art and neuroscience.
Canadian multidisciplinary artist Stéphanie Morissette’s works reflect on human behaviour and the use of technologies in our quotidian life as well as in the geopolitical sphere; on conflicts and their psychological impact on the different participating actors.
In this exclusive interview she discusses her project, ‘Shadows in a Labyrinth’ (with co-collaborator Dale Einarson), which reflects on the complexity, the flaws and ephemeral aspects of our brain and memory, as well as on the medium and technologies, drawing parallels with mental illness and disease like Alzheimer.
Amanpreet Badhwar is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre de Recherche de l’Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal (CRIUGM), Université de Montréal , where she works on Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and related dementias. Her research combines structural and functional imaging with clinical and genetic assessments to relate variations in brain connectivity to clinical status, and to develop early markers of AD pathology. She is also an artist. In this exclusive interview, The Lines that Connect, she discusses her relationship between art and neuroscience.
Dan Lloyd is the Thomas C. Brownell Professor of Philosophy and a Professor of Neuroscience at Trinity College, Connecticut. He is the author/editor of Subjective Time: The philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience of temporality (co-edited with Valtteri Arstila). In Notes Toward a Theory of Sensorimotor Understanding he discusses his developing research into the animation and sonification of brain activity.
Alexa Piotte is a graphic designer living in Montreal. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts majoring in Design and minoring in behavioural neuroscience psychology from Concordia University. In Design and Neuroscience she discusses her work relating design and neuroscience, including her collaborative project, ‘BDL: Mapping out the Genetic Blueprint of the Fruit Fly Visual System’, with Hunter Shaw, a Ph.D. candidate in biology at McGill University.
Tyler Sloan is a freelance data artist/scientist. While he is not developing custom Jupyter-based data processing pipelines, he produces computer-generated artwork and datadriven motion design using Open Data and formal scientific models. His artwork combines elements of his training as a developmental neurobiologist (B.Sc, Ph.D.) with his passion for Open Data. He discusses his work and thinking in Neural Connections.
Julia Buntaine Hoel is a conceptual artist whose work is inspired by and based on Neuroscience, the scientific study of the brain. She is also director of SciArt Center, and editor in chief of SciArt Magazine. Julia attained her double BA in neuroscience and sculpture from Hampshire College, her post-baccalaureate certificate in Studio Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and her MFA of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts. She shows some of her latest work in Neuroscience-Art.
Anjan Chatterjee is a professor of neurology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is director of the Penn Center for Neuroaesthetics and a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. His research focuses on spatial cognition and its relationship to language. He also conducts neuroaesthetics research and writes about the ethical use of neuroscience findings in society. He discusses his ideas in Aesthetics and Memory.
Shanthi Chandrasekar is a multimedia and multidisciplinary artist with a BSc in Physics and an MA in Psychology. The underlying focus of her work is to understand the workings of the cosmos and life itself, with a particular fascination for the workings of the brain. She discusses this in Neurocosmologies.
Tia Besser-Paul shows work from her project Cellular Kinesics, an exploration of the communication methods of cells during a spinal cord injury. Heavily influenced by the research data, videos, and imaging of neuroscientist Andrew Greenhalgh, this work is a collaborative effort of science and art.
Shima Rastegarnia has a B.Sc. in computer science. She was always interested in art and uses different mediums in her paintings. Shima is also interested in graphic design, 3D modeling, and in making video games. Currently she is working at Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (CRIUGM) under the supervision of Dr. AmanPreet Badhwar, where she hopes to gain better understanding of neuroscientific principles, along with expertise in neuroinformatics and science communication. She discusses her work in Making Art with Neuroscience.
Rosi Maria Di Meglio has recently completed a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at Concordia University. Her artistic practice focuses on space and memory, on real life experiences and transformation. She considers herself a lyrical romantic abstract expressionist artist. Her philosophy is founded on the ideas that art has the power to move people whether they are observing or creating. She discusses her work in Guiding Memory.
Josefina Maranzano is mostly a self-taught artist. She studied medicine in La Plata and worked for a few years in Argentina as a general practitioner and a radiologist. At present, Josefina shares her life between painting and exploring new techniques in visual arts and conducting brain imaging medical research. She very recently submitted her Ph.D. thesis in neuroscience (with a focus in multiple sclerosis) at McGill University. She shows some of her work in Autism.
Richard Bright is an artist and editor of Interalia Magazine. In Neural Communications he shows some of his work, which draws inspiration from neuroscientific literature and imagery. “I create drawings that offer an interpretation on mental processes to reveal the nature of human consciousness and the process of thought, bridging the connection between the mysterious three pound macroscopic brain and the microscopic behaviour of neurons.”