Anna Ursyn is a professor and Computer Graphics/Digital Media Area Head at the School of Art and Design, University of Northern Colorado, USA. She combines programming with software and printmaking media, to unify computer generated and painted images, and sculptures.
In her role as Public Engagement Manager (Exhibitions) at the Francis Crick Institute, Bryony Benge-Abbott both curated and project managed ‘Deconstructing patterns’. She comes from an art and heritage background, having undertaken an undergraduate degree in Fine Art (Painting) at Bath Spa University and an MA in Museology at the University of East Anglia. Bryony joined the Crick early in 2016 to set up institute’s exhibition programme.
1A Arts runs an annual summer filmmaking project for 14-18 year olds, funded by Children in Need, where two professional filmmakers help a group of young people to create their own cinematic-quality short film. The project is free for participants. The film made in 2015, ‘Finding Yourself’ screened at the Foundling Museum, Warner Bros and Tate Britain and was a semi-finalist in the 2016 International Open Film Festival (IOFF). 2016’s film ‘Sketch of a Skit’ premiered at the Museum of Comedy in September 2016. 1A Arts worked with local young people to create the short film in the ‘Deconstructing Patterns’ exhibition zone ‘Breaking Symmetry’.
Poet in the City specialise in large-scale live events aimed at new audiences for poetry. Founded in 2006, the organisation brings poetry to life beyond books, producing classic and contemporary poetry performances, experiences and conversations taking on major ideas, issues and people. The group showcase biopics, use poetry to animate cultural moments and to peer into ideas past and present, and create dramatic poetry experiences in major arts venues and unusual spaces. They also support young people to become poetry producers and work with many volunteers, who all help to make a thriving arts community. For the ‘Deconstructing Patterns’ project, The Francis Crick Institute worked alongside Poet in the City to commission work by Sarah Howe and Chu-Li Shewring.
Nathan Goehring is a Junior Group Leader of the Polarity and Patterning Networks Laboratory at the Francis Crick Institute and a Senior Research Associate in the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Cell Biology at UCL. He worked alongside young filmmakers from 1A Arts for the ‘Deconstructing Patterns’ exhibition. The result is a wonderfully surreal fictional narrative created by the students, which offers a metaphor for the lab’s research into the first appearance of asymmetry in the nematode worm ‘Caenorhabditis Elegans’.
Inspired by the natural world with a background in science, I make intuitive art with paint and mixed media then process images digitally to share educational stories and ideas. By using art to explore science, enhanced learning and insight can arise through both the creative process and the end result.
Leah Henrickson is a doctoral student at Loughborough University’s School of the Arts, English and Drama. Her current research focuses on discerning the social and literary implications of natural language generation. Her past research projects have focused on the visualities of medieval manuscripts and 1960s/70s American countercultural material.
Shimon Whiteson is associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford, and a tutorial fellow at St. Catherine’s College. His research focuses on artificial intelligence. In this exclusive interview he discusses the TERESA project, which aims to develop a telepresence robot of unprecedented social intelligence, helping to pave the way for the deployment of robots in settings such as homes, schools, and hospitals that require substantial human interaction.
“The dialogue between contemporary art and spirituality is broader and more complex than it was during modernism because contemporary art is more varied, and because spirituality as a discourse is more diverse including religious traditions that go beyond Judaeo-Christianity.”
Dr Rina Arya is a Reader at the University of Wolverhampton who is interested in the visual and material culture of religion. In this exclusive interview she discusses nature of the dialogue between art and spirituality, how they come together and what form they take.
“The materialist worldview, which has dominated science and academia over the last few centuries, has run its course. At last the tired old materialist paradigm has started to crumble, and a new paradigm has begun to emerge.”
Mario Beauregard, PhD., is a neuroscientist currently affiliated with the Department of Psychology, University of Arizona. He was the first neuroscientist to use neuroimaging to investigate the neural underpinnings of conscious and voluntary emotion regulation. Because of his research into the neuroscience of consciousness, he was selected (2000) by the World Media Net to be one of the “One Hundred Pioneers of the 21st Century.” In addition, his groundbreaking research on the neurobiology of spiritual experiences has received international media coverage, and a documentary film has been produced about his work (The Mystical Brain, 2007).