Published: 24 January 2012 at 12:18
Anglia Ruskin initiative to help develop interdisciplinary partnerships
Anglia Ruskin University is launching the Cambridge Art and Science Circle on Tuesday 31 January, which is a new initiative to bring together artists and scientists from across the city.
The launch event, at Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge campus, will feature a talk on ‘Art and Consciousness’ with artist Susan Aldworth and Nicholas Humphrey, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the London School of Economics.
The event is part of the VISUALISE art programme, which will see a range of contemporary artists work with Anglia Ruskin to create exciting temporary public art projects, exhibitions, workshops and events across the city.
Bronac Ferran, curator of VISUALISE, said:
To coincide with the launch of the Cambridge Art and Science Circle, Anglia Ruskin will be hosting the ‘Between: Mind, Matter & Materials’ exhibition from 30 January until 3 February.
Featuring work by Susan Aldworth and Karen Ingham, the exhibition looks at how medical imaging technologies have made the body visually permeable as never before and created an explosion in anatomical knowledge. The artists, through a number of video installations on the Ruskin Gallery’s digital screens, ask whether these developments have helped our understanding of who we really are.
Aldworth’s art explores the nature of consciousness. In 1999, the experience of observing her brain live on a monitor during a diagnostic brain scan triggered an ongoing fascination with the relationship between the physical brain and the sense of self. Since then Aldworth has worked and collaborated with doctors, neuroscientists, neuropsychologists, etchers, artists and musicians in pursuit of this elusive subject.
She has observed numerous brain scans in hospitals and undergone further brain scans to try and make sense of the material basis of personality. The film ‘Out of Body’ was made during her residency at the Gordon Museum of Pathology.
‘Between: Mind, Matter & Materials’ will have a ‘private view’ on Tuesday 31 January at the Ruskin Gallery (6-7pm), immediately followed by the launch of the Cambridge Art and Science Circle in the new Lord Ashcroft International Business School. Both events are free and further information is available by phoning Sarah Jones on 0845 196 2981 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.orgVISUALISE (www.visualisecambridge.org) is being project managed by Futurecity and delivered in collaboration with Cambridge City Council.