Edinburgh Neuroscience

  • Brennan, Gordon (Principal Investigator)
  • Haley, Jane (Principal Investigator)

Project Details


In September 2012 a group of staff from eca and neuroscience got together to discuss the potential in our being able to collaborate

Through the Challenge Investment Fund we were successful in receiving funding to create a project for undergraduate art students to work with a range of staff and students in Neuroscience, creating a series of mini residences in each others environment.
We used the tag line of Represent, Present and Re-Present.

The first stage was a version of speed dating where we had the students and scientists representing their practice and interests through short presentations. There was no hierarchy in this; all participants had equal billing. On the basis of this we matched up the art students and the scientists.
They then were present in each others environment, creating mini residences, all students then made presentations to a panel, from eca and Neuroscience, of there findings, 5 students were then selected and given funding to develop there ideas further.

The selected teams presented their artwork on Edinburgh Neuroscience day at Royal College of Physicians on the 20th March alongside the other students who presented their work in the form of a Poster. Students also submitted abstracts of their project to be included in conference procedings.

Eca Principal Professor Chris Breward and incoming director of Edinburgh Neuroscience Charles ffrench-Constant judged the entries and selected Dylan McCaughtry and Violetta Munoz who worked with Christophe Veaux and his team in the University of Edinburgh’s Informatics Forum to create and interactive / reactive work synthesizing speech and movement.

As Artists we make art to help us make sense of the world, the way we perceive and depict reality is not a quantative phenomena, it is subject to interpretation, synthesis, reflection and personal sensibilities but art education has to be based on very objective criteria,
Art Students have to show their workings as much as scientists do.
Within the work presented there was evidence of these workings. Importantly there was evidence of parallel processes of enquiry that showed what the disciplines have in common. This forms the basis for further collaboration.

Work from this project will be displayed in Inspace through New Media Scotland on the 10th and 11th of May. There will also be a launch of an Artists book that captures the content and context of the project.

Layman's description

Collaborative project between undergraduate art students and staff and researchers from Edinburgh University Neuro Science. Mini residencies, presentations at Edinburgh Neuro Science day, Exhibition at InSpace, Publication.
Effective start/end date15/10/1217/05/13


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