Tesla Talk: Barbara Rauch

Facing Affect and Emotion

barbara rauchFriday 15th June 2012


Garwood Lecture Theatre

UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

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Facing Affect and Emotion is a presentation that addresses the history of Data Visualization within the humanities research. Our research suggests that artists are and have always been concerned with visualization techniques that are now entering other disciplines. We discuss models of research creation and the aspects of “labour”, “craft”, “research” and “practice-led” projects and suggest, that these terminologies and methods are a sign of contemporary practice and its ambivalent nature. Studio and research creation will be challenged with study that comes out of scientific and interdisciplinary research.

The presentation will focus on the analysis of the language used for interdisciplinary research and highlights on the tools that researchers engage with. The presentation demonstrates a study that uses 3D technologies, haptics, sculpting and data analysis. A true collaboration between the arts and sciences.

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Tesla Talk: Amanda Wilson

amanda willsonCubes, Rocks and Clouds: Multistable Perception of Art-Science Imagery

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Wednesday 9th May 2012

Garwood Lecture Theatre

UCL (University College London)

18:00 - 19:00


In order to create works that transcend cultural boundaries, artist-scientists need to be verbally and visually literate in two or more disciplines. What bearing does this have on the way they perceive an image, compared to individuals whose research or practice is confined to a single discipline? In this talk, Amanda Wilson explains why she thinks that artist-scientists may exhibit 'cultural multistability', whereby their impressions of an image jump between interpretations routed in different disciplines. Drawing from Gestalt theory, frame analysis and the perception of visual illusions, she describes and interprets the results of her recent survey.


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Tesla Talk: Alexa Wright

A View From Inside and other work

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Friday 9th December 2011


University College London

Garwood Lecture Theatre

Gower Street, London



In the context of some older photographic works such as 'I' (1999) and After Image' (1997), Alexa will talk about 'A View From Inside', a new series of digitally manipulated portraits made in collaboration with people diagnosed with conditions such as Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder.  These photographs re-appropriate the pictorial convention of characterizing a person visually through his or her physique, stance and expression as well as by the arrangement of particular symbolic and narrative elements within the image. In each case the external appearance and the internal experiences of the person portrayed are depicted within a single, formally structured portrait. The aim is not to exoticise the ‘unreal’ or bizarre perceptual experiences of the subjects, but to find a visual language that will provoke discussion and add to our understanding of the experience of mental illness and of psychosis in particular. The presentation will explore the construction of reality as an embodied experience and will question the notion of 'madness'.


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Tesla Talk: Helen Pynor

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Wednesday 25th May 2011

6 - 7pm

University College London

South Wing,

Garwood Lecture Theatre

Gower Street, London



Abstract: In her latest exhibition entitled ‘Breath’ Pynor takes a tour through the chronicles of misfortune surrounding incidents of accidental drowning in the Thames River. Using this historical and forensicarchive as a starting point, Pynor explores the conceptual and metaphoric possibilities of the anatomical structures most intimately linked to breathing, namely the lungs and heart, and their relationships with cultural objects such as boats that, like lungs, are sometimes fallible vessels for the containment of air in water-borne mediums.

More broadly, ‘Breath’ explores an anatomically explicit language for the representation of the interior human body, and the interior body’s entanglements with personal, historical, and cultural narratives. Pynor’s work takes up Susan Oyama’s proposition that ‘the biological is fully historical, and the historical is fully biological’. This is not to suggest that one process can be reduced to the other, but rather to hint at the radical and deeply nuanced ‘interpenetration’ of these processes, which renders the ‘nature-nurture’ distinction defunct.

Pynor’s broader conceptual goal is the reconciliation of materialist understandings of the human body as proposed within the sciences, and the body as a culturally-constructed entity as understood with cultural theory discourses.

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