Subjective Resonance Imaging: an International Brain/Art Gallery Show at HBM 2013

Show poster – click to enlarge

We are excited to announce that we’ve partnered with the Neuro Bureau to organize a major group show exploring the brain through art, entitled Subjective Resonance Imaging, to be held in Seattle from June 16-20, in conjunction with the 2013 Human Brain Mapping conference. The show will feature many of the artists we’ve presented here at The Beautiful Brain, including Greg Dunn, Katherine Sherwood, Elizabeth Jameson, Constance Jacobson, Andrew Carnie, Jason Snyder, and many more. There will also be a thorough show catalogue we will be publishing, featuring images of all the artwork in addition to essays and interviews with thought leaders in neuroaesthetics.


From the exhibition press release, available as a PDF:

Seattle, WA— A new breed of art exhibition is rolling into town—one that takes shape in the heart of a scientific conference about mapping the human brain, a pursuit perhaps never more in vogue than we find it today.

According to cognitive scientist Pierre Bellec, who helped organize Subjective Resonance Imaging, “The exhibit offers a prism for both playful and thoughtful reflection. These artworks provide us with useful concepts and metaphors as we delve further into the unique aspects of human brain function and grapple with the meaning of brain mapping. It is our hope that this collection will contribute to the ongoing dialogue between artists and the neuroimaging community as we converge toward a shared landscape of inquiry.”

From Nina Sellars, working in Australia, who creates mixed reality pieces that integrate links to digital scans of her own brain, to Julia Buntaine, working in New York City, whose sculpture provides conceptual footholds to grasp metaphors of brain structure and function, Subjective Resonance Imaging finds artists at this interdisciplinary vanguard working with a wide range of materials and thematic interests.

Noah Hutton, founder of the online magazine The Beautiful Brain and curator of Subjective Resonance Imaging, says, “This is a band of explorers who have all shone their light on the vast and uncharted realms of the human brain; their maps may be more subjective, but they are cartographers nonetheless.”

The show asks timely questions about the borders between art and science, subjective and objective images, and the source of self-knowledge. It is accessible to the public and will be open daily from June 16-20, in the lobby of the Washington State Convention Center, and was made possible by generous contributions from Frontiers, the International Neuroimaging Data-Sharing Initiative, Max Planck Institute, Child Mind Institute, the University of Montreal, Canada, and The Instituto do Cérebro do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. 

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Noah Hutton

Noah Hutton is a filmmaker based in New York.

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  • Hi there Noah,

    I just learned about exhibit. Congrats on putting it all together with Neuro Bureau. Brain art is what I do, really. If you know of other opportunities I should submit artwork for consideration, please let me know. I would love to be a contributor to the art/science community.


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