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Your Kid’s Brain on Art


Update: All participation slots have been filled, but if you and your child would like to come watch, please do!

Attention, parents! We have a fun, free summer variation on our popular Your Brain on Art events coming up for kids (ages 6 and up).

Wearing skullcaps equipped with sensors and working in groups of three, children will play a variation of Exquisite Corpse, a collaborative, chance-based game made famous by the Surrealists in the 1920s. The young artists will engage with form, gesture, scale, narrative, and collaboration while creating unexpected artworks together.

Conducted June 30, July 1 and July 2, these experiments are part of a groundbreaking collaboration between Blaffer Art Museum 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.

Working simultaneously, each young artist will have seven minutes to begin creating an artwork. After seven minutes, his or her work-in-progress will be concealed with a cloth, leaving only a small portion exposed. The young artists will then rotate stations and take turns adding to each other’s creations for two additional seven-minute increments. Their brain activity will be projected onto a nearby screen for their parents or guardians to see. (Please make sure a parent or guardian is present during the game.)

The available participation slots are:

3:15-4:45 p.m. Thursday, June 30 All slots full
10-11:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 1:30-3 p.m., and 3:15-4:45 p.m. Friday, July 1 All slots full
10-11:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 1:30-3 p.m., and 3:15-4:45 p.m. Saturday, July 2 All slots full

Please email to reserve a time for your family.

While you’re at Blaffer, take your kids through our summer exhibitions featuring the vividly colorful, exquisitely handcrafted sculptures of Matthew Ronay and the equally psychedelic new-media installations of Hilary Lloyd. We also have participatory art-making projects related to both exhibitions in our education lounge, where children and adults alike are welcome to tea for free.

This collaboration is part of ongoing research funded by the National Science Foundation (#BCS 1533691) to study connections between the brain and creativity, expression, and the perception of art.

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