The Experience Economy and the Mechanics of Wonder

The following post by Jules Evans is reproduced with permission from Philosophy for Life. I attended a seminar on wonder at the Centre for Medical Humanities in Durham last week. This post comes from our discussions there. Thanks to all the participants and to Martyn Evans for a great day. Although religion is no longer Read the full article…

“There’s no lights on the Xmas tree momma, they’re burnin’ an artist tonight!”

Mike White writes: There was a hatchet job in Sunday’s Independent on arts in hospitals based on perfunctory information extracted on NHS expenditure on art works (accessible here). Those of us who are driving the development of the National Alliance for Arts and Health are deliberating whether to make a response as the piece appears Read the full article…

New book available for review: ‘Frissure’ by Kathleen Jamie and Brigid Collins

Frissure: A collaborative work between Kathleen Jamie and Brigid Collins ‘This is a book about seeing and being seen; about looking at being looked at. It is an intimate book, where the private process of looking and seeing passes from one person looking at herself, to being seen or ‘examined’ by a surgeon, to being Read the full article…

The Artful Brain (Institute of Philosophy Centre for the Study of the Senses Symposium, 25 October 2013)

INSTITUTE OF PHILOSOPHY CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF THE SENSES THE ARTFUL BRAIN Fri 25 October 2013 G22/26, Senate House, University of London From Ghiberti’s development of perspective to Gombrich’s work on illusions in art, the science of perception and the arts have long been interconnected. Recent developments in neuroscience, and the emergence of ‘neuroaesthetics’ Read the full article…

“Vermin” (CFP, Issue 9 of Nyx, a print & online publication of critical theory, radical politics & art)

Nyx, a Noctournal is a print and online publication of critical theory, radical politics and art. It is peer reviewed by a collective of young researchers, activists and theorists and is based at Goldsmiths, University of London. Issue 9: Vermin – Call for contributions Rats. Cockroaches. Locusts. Plagues and infestations. Vermin are the unwanted, the Read the full article…

Susan Aldworth’s Transience: Fiona Johnstone reviews the magic of etchings taken from brain tissue

Fiona Johnstone, PhD candidate at Birkbeck University, writes:  Susan Aldworth’s latest exhibition, Transience, at GV Arts, London, until 20th July, is based on a suite of etchings taken from slices of human brain tissue. The project is a collaboration between Aldworth, master printer Nigel Oxley, and the Parkinson’s UK Brain Bank, and is the first Read the full article…

Drawing Women’s Cancer: Speaking The Unspeakable

Speaking the Unspeakable specifically addressed vulval disease and began with the idea that a combination of easier access to patient-focused information about symptoms and treatment, along with a greater public awareness and acceptance of vulval disease as a rare yet debilitating condition, would potentially lessen patients’ experiences of isolation and associated problems. Our introduction of Read the full article…

Art for Hospitals – the healing process

Photographer Dominic Pote writes: Nature has always fascinated me. I discovered nature through painting from an early age. When later I discovered photography, I wanted to continue, this time with the means of the camera, to reveal more about the feeling a landscape can provoke in us. I wanted to find a way to express Read the full article…

Art in the Asylum: Creativity & the Evolution of Psychiatry (Exhibition, Nottingham, 7 September – 3 November 2013)

Art in the Asylum Exhibition & new installation “Marat Sade Bohnice” by Althea Thauberger Art in the Asylum: creativity and the evolution of psychiatry presents the first look at the evolution of artistic activity in British asylums from the early 1800s to the 1970s. Over nearly two centuries, the visual arts have played a significant Read the full article…

Christine Borland and Brody Condon: Daughters of Decayed Tradesmen (Artist Commission, 1 August – 1 September 2013)

Mon–Sun, 10am–6pm? Edinburgh Festival? Installed inside the Watchtower,? New Calton Burial Ground,? off Regent Road EH7 5BL?? Borland and Condon’s new work stems directly from conversation and collaboration. While their individual practices are quite distinct – Borland rooted more in the object, Condon in performance – together they find common ground in exploring the intersection of Read the full article…