September 3, 2010
How's this for mind-expanding? Duke's neuroscience community is hosting an artist-in-residence this term.
Amy Caron from Salt Lake City will be here from Oct. 7 through Nov. 3, offering eight public performances of her installation "Waves of Mu," which explores brain anatomy and the somewhat controversial notion of "mirror neurons." She'll also be guest-lecturing around campus in both arts and sciences.
Caron's installation also will be augmented by some local talent: Duke music grad student Paul Leary is composing an original score, and psychology and neuroscience grad student David Paulsen is creating some visual art to add to the two-room installation.
In the first room, an audience of fifty people explores an art installation representing a vividly colored model of the brain, complete with velvet floor coverings, chandeliers, paintings, photography and sculpture. In the second room, they find Caron, in the role of an eccentric scientist, interacting with them and challenging their thoughts, presumably triggering some of their “mirror neurons.”
Sounds kinda fun, doesn't it?
"Waves of Mu" will be in the Schiciano Auditorium and The Studio in the Fitzpatrick CIEMAS building. It's free, but you'll need a ticket to be one of the lucky 50 people who can participate in an audience. Ticket Info - Duke Institute for Brain Sciences.
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