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All in the mind- the creative process

There was a very interesting broadcast yesterday on radio national, closely aligned to Julie’s reading. Worth checking out!
Art on the Mind: Neuroaesthetics, and the artist as brain scientist!
Acclaimed neuroscientist Semir Zeki pioneered the field of neuroaesthetics to probe the biological basis of the aesthetic experience, art, literature, love and beauty. He thinks scientists have lots to learn about the brain from the works of visual artists and romantic literature. And visit London’s Hayward Gallery, where the Walking in My Mind exhibition has been described as a ‘vast humming cranium’ as artists unearth their creative process through vast installations. Full transcript available


August 17, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. I heard it too – I liked the way that Zeki talked about the work artists and scientists do as being equally valid forms of research; not artists just as lab rats.

    Comment by Julie | August 18, 2009 | Reply

  2. Is Zeki the guy who wrote a book about how the brain sees different modes/styles of visual art?

    Comment by Vivienne | August 19, 2009 | Reply

  3. He wrote “Vision of the Brain” which I think deals with colour vision, and also “Splendours and Miseries of the Brain” which came out last year and is about aesthetics and brain function (I haven’t read either).

    Comment by Julie | August 19, 2009 | Reply

  4. I’ve just put an article by Zeki in the media library.

    Comment by Julie | August 19, 2009 | Reply

  5. Great I’ll put it on the Blogroll

    Comment by Vivienne | August 19, 2009 | Reply

  6. Thanks Viv!

    Comment by Julie | August 20, 2009 | Reply

  7. I knew I had a copy of something and just pulled “Inner Vision” from the bookshelves.This was the first one he wrote I think. Very valuable approach with great insight but still not by a practising artist. It gives us much but also calls for our own keen observations and responses.

    Comment by Vivienne | August 20, 2009 | Reply

  8. Yes – one reason for choosing the Zimmer article was that it illustrates that problem.

    Comment by Julie | August 22, 2009 | Reply

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