Join us for the first in a series of events as part of a groundbreaking collaboration between Blaffer Art Museum, Houston-based artists, and the University of Houston’s Noninvasive Brain-Machine Interface Systems Laboratory, seeking clues to what happens in the brain as people create and contemplate art. Seating is very limited at this event, so admission may be standing-room only. Priority for seating will be given to guests who reserved free tickets, which are no longer available. Five minutes before the event starts, any unclaimed seats will be released.
Separated by portable screens and wearing headsets equipped with sensors, artists Lily Cox-Richard, Jo Ann Fleischhauer, and Dario Robleto will play a variation of Exquisite Corpse, a collaborative, chance-based game made famous by the Surrealists in the 1920s.
Working simultaneously before a live audience, each artist will have 15 minutes to begin creating an artwork. After 15 minutes, his or her work-in-progress will be concealed with a cloth, leaving only a small portion exposed. The artists will then rotate stations and take turns adding to each other’s creations for two additional 15-minute increments. Their brain activity will be projected onto a nearby screen as audience members watch.
The demonstration will be followed by a discussion of the artists’ process and the goals of the research — funded by the National Science Foundation (#BCS 1533691) and led by engineering professor Jose Luis Contreras-Vidal — to study connections between the brain and creativity, expression, and the perception of art.
Future Your Brain on Art events will feature similar collaborations between artists in other disciplines, including the performing and literary arts.
This project is an outgrowth of the Blaffer Art Museum Innovation Series, launched in Spring 2015 to foster cross-disciplinary collaborations between the arts and sciences.