Kendall Square Association Third Thursday: Catalyst Conversations

Cambridge, MA

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Please join the KSA and Catalyst Conversations for a Third Thursday event titled "Visual Effects: Looking at Seeing" on February 20 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Broad Institute in Kendall Square.  Reception to follow.

Margaret Livingstone and Dana Clancy will discuss what is known about visual illusions from the point of view of both science and art. Livingstone has recently been investigating the role that depth perception and its lack might play in the work of various artists. She and her team have collected evidence that a number of well known artists, including Rembrandt, might have been stereoblind, and will discuss what this means from the point of view of neuroscience. Clancy will discuss the way that her work “cultivat[es] the viewer’s awareness of shifting points of view in relation to both the paintings and how one experiences real space.” Together, these two thinkers and practitioners will discuss what art and science can tell us about some of the ways in which we experience and process the visual world.

Margaret Livingstone is a neuroscientist working in the field of vision. Her lab in the Neurobiology Department at Harvard Medical School studies the relationship between individual neurons and visual processing at a higher level. She has published widely in the field of vision, and is also the author of the book Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing. A side interest of her lab is applying what is known about vision to gain insight into discoveries artists have made about the ways we see.

Dana Clancy is an Assistant Professor of Art at Boston University. Her paintings have been shown in many group shows and in a number of solo shows, including Viewing Space at the Danforth Museum of Art and Points of View at Babson College. Her work focuses on the act of looking and on exploring how one constructs a viewing experience.

This is a public event, all are welcome!

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