In honor of Brain Awareness Week, which officially runs between March 10-16, academic centers, cultural institutions, and community groups [including yours truly!] across New York City are hosting over twenty brain-themed events to celebrate that magical + mysterious space between our ears. To make the most out this mind-full month, ArtLab’s serving up a menu of all the braiNY events at the intersection between art and science. For more events and info, be sure to check out ComeBeBrainy.com!
Brain-Gazing: A Visual Journey from the Cosmos to the Self
7pm @ 301 Pupin Hall // Columbia University
Join Matt Turk, Columbia University associate research scientist and Jonathan Fisher, neuroscientist at New York Medical College, to preview NEURODOME, a new planetarium journey that uses data visualization tools to depict high-resolution imagery of the brain. More information here.
Neural Imaging: The Brain Seen Through Film
7:30pm @ 417 International Affairs Building // Columbia University
We are our brains, but there’s much we don’t know about them, and hence about ourselves. In Neural Imagining, curated by Imagine Science Films, we’ll explore the power of film to illuminate the brain. Expert panel discussion to follow. RSVP here.
The Living Museum
7pm @ Smilow Seminar Room // NYU Langone Medical Center
Dedicated to beauty, the arts, and healing, The Living Museum is an art studio for patients of the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center. Join Dr. Janos Marton, the co-founder of the Living Museum, as he leads a viewing of the HBO documentary and discusses the impact of the museum on the lives of its artists and the art world. More information here.
ArtLab: Music + the Mind
8pm @ Cameo Gallery
What if you could transform brainwaves into song? What music would the mind make? ArtLab tunes in to the sound of synapses with the Brainwave Music Project, transforming brain activity into song in a live music-infused experiment featuring the talents of singer + multi-instrumentalist Lora Faye and jazz drummer William Hooker. RSVP here.
7pm @ Housing Works Bookstore Café
From empathy to epilepsy, from cognitive disorders to the mystery of memory, an evening of writing that draws on – and deviates from – what we know about the brain. With fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by: Stefan Merrill Block, Meehan Crist, Timothy Donnelly, Leslie Jamison, Miles Klee, Elissa Schappell, and Lynn Schmeidler. More information here.
The Face Transplant Surgeon
7pm @ Rubin Museum of Art
Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez is the surgeon responsible for the first-ever successful complete face transplant. Two years ago he conducted a delicate and dangerous operation that lasted a record-breaking 36 hours. How was he able to maintain concentration for such a long time? Join Dr. Rodriguez and neuroscientist Timothy Buschman in this installment of the Rubin Museum’s Brainwave series. Buy your tickets here [$20].
The Story Collider: Mental Health
8pm @ Littlefield
There is nothing more fascinating, or more terrifying, than the ways the human mind can malfunction or break down. The Story Collider brings you five stories of people and their minds. More information on speakers and tickets [$10] here.
CUriosity3: The Brain in Art and Science
7pm @ Columbia University Medical Center
Columbia University neuroscientist Michael Goldberg, artist Ellen K. Levy, and NYU neurolinguist Suzanne Dikker discuss perception and consciousness at the intersection of science and art. Panel discussion to follow, moderated by The Beautiful Brain‘s Noah Hutton. RSVP here.
The Poker Player
3pm @ Rubin Museum of Art
How do you deal with being dealt a bad hand? Personality psychologist John D. Mayer gets some tips from star poker player Vanessa Selbst about how to avoid a bad read, limping in, and when to bluff the pot. And above all: how to maintain focus without appearing that you are. Buy your tickets here [$25].
Speed Date // Collaborate: The Brain in Art + Science
7pm @ The West
Beer, Brooklyn, breaking boundaries. ArtLab + SciArt in America have joined forces yet again to celebrate the space between our ears. Co-opting the speed date format, artists + scientists will pair off in a series of conversations geared towards creating cross-disciplinary collaborative connections. If you’re interested in participating as a “dater,” be sure to email me. Or if you’re just curious, stop by and say hello!
NeuroTango: Brainwaves in Sync?
8pm @ Cantina Royal
What happens in the brain of tango dancers as they glide and swirl? Tango is synchronization, two bodies connected through the embrace, moving as one. But are dancers’ brainwaves synchronized too? Neuroscientist Suzanne Dikker will allow us to peer into tango dancers’ minds in a live experiment showing their brain activity in real time as they dance the tango. RSVP here.