An integrative initiative in creative work & learning.
Please join us in the Duderstadt Video Center this November 1– 2 for a playful, experimental “learning studio” in which leading international artists, scientists, scholars, activists, and students will explore the interactions of art and mind. There is no audience for Arts & Minds: everyone participates.
Participants will use movement and neuroscience, music and evolutionary biology, visual art, psychological research, and other disciplines and media to explore four aspects of Arts & Minds:
Thursday, November 1
Morning (9-12) : Arts & Evolution
Why does virtually every human culture produce art? How do the arts aid our survival?
Afternoon (1:30-4:30) : Arts & the Brain
How does artistic engagement affect the human brain?
Friday, November 2
Morning (9-12) : Arts & Health
Can engagement with the arts promote physical, emotional, and mental health in individuals? In societies?
Afternoon (1:30-4:30) : Arts & Conscience
What are the powers and limits of the arts to shape us morally?
With Arts & Minds we hope to forge new methods of arts-driven inquiry; to push the boundaries of knowledge about the interrelatedness of arts and the human mind; and to pollinate sustained interdisciplinary creative work, research, curricula, and programs at the University of Michigan.
Participation is free, but space is limited. Preference will be given to artists, scholars, scientists, and students whose creative work and research will both feed and be fed by this exploration.
Funds to support projects arising from Arts & Minds will be available on a competitive basis. For more information, see the RFP. (PDF)
The physical structure for “Arts & Minds” is concentric rings.
The hub for each session will be a handful of event faculty members – artists and scholars with particular expertise in the topic area who have collaborated to create a structure through which to guide our exploration.
The small first ring around this hub will be comprised of highly informed and engaged artists, scholars, and students who will participate actively in the creation of the exploration. Participants in the first ring will stay for at least one full day; space will be given preferentially to those who can stay for both days.
The larger outer ring will be comprised of participants who might be able to attend only one or two non-consecutive sessions.
Moderating the full two days: Natalie Angier, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times science writer and author of, among other books, Woman: An Intimate Geography and The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science
A. Arts & Evolution (Why does virtually every human culture produce art? In what ways do the arts aid our survival?)
Lead: Brad Smith, University of Michigan
Robert Adams, University of Michigan, College of Architecture + Urban Planning
Ellen Dissanayake, University of Washington
Eiko and Koma – New York City
Ed Sarath, University of Michigan, School of Music, Theatre & Dance
B. Arts & the Brain (How does artistic engagement affect the human brain?)
Lead: Sophia Psarra, University of Michigan
Judith Becker, University of Michigan Deep Listeners: Music, Emotion, and Trancing
Professor of Musicology and director of the Centers for Southeast Asian Studies and World Performance Studies, Judith Becker is an authority on the music of Southeast Asia. Her latest book is Deep Listeners: Music, Emotion and Trancing (2004). In this podcast, Becker helps us understand the connection between music and emotion. Listen to Prof. Becker’s podcast »
Steven Brown, Simon Fraser University
Petr Janata, University of California, Davis “Neuroscientist Looks at Music’s Heady Experience ”, “BREAKTIME Petr Janata: Putting his mind for music to use for science”
Thylias Moss, University of Michigan
Mariano Sardon, Professor, Electronic Arts, Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Satoru Takahashi, University of Michigan
C. Arts & Health (Can engagement with the arts promote physical, emotional, and mental health in individuals? In societies? )
Lead: Petra Kuppers, University of Michigan, Department of English
Neil Marcus, independent artist, author of Storm Reading and other works
Anne Mondro, University of Michigan, School of Art & Design
Aimee Meredith Cox, University of Michigan, Center for the Education of Women.
Devora Neumark, Goddard College
D. Arts & Conscience (What are the powers and limits of the arts to move us morally?)
Lead: Amy Chavasse, University of Michigan, Department of Dance
Luciana Acuna, Argentina, co-founder of Grupo Krapp
Paul Bloom, Yale University, Department of Psychology
Evan Chambers, University of Michigan, School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Jackie Salloum, independent artist, New York City
Eileen John, Warwick University, Department of Philosophy
Coleman Jordan, University of Michigan, College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Paula Gerstenblatt, independent artist, Bay Area, California
Peter Railton, University of Michigan, Department of Philosophy
Kendall Walton, University of Michigan, Department of Philosophy
Robin Wilson, University of Michigan, School of Music, Theatre & Dance