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Spring 2013
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Spring 2013

April 3:
“Art Out of Sight: The Future of Multisensory Art”

May 1: “Body-Language, Gut-Feelings, and Gossip: The Evolution of Social Intelligence”

April 3, 2013
6:00―7:30 p.m.

“Art Out of Sight: The Future of Multisensory Art”

The work of artists and media makers increasingly resides across formats. In addition to engaging us through our sense of sight, audiences are asked to smell, feel, taste, and hear. What has inspired artists, designers, and architects to engage some or all of their audiences’ five senses?

Grounding our inquiry in an understanding of ocular-centricity in Western thought, this panel discussion invites the audience to learn about creative projects that diverge from traditions of visual communication. Our exploration will be informed by sensory studies, an interdisciplinary field that begins with an anthropology of the senses, before intersecting with aesthetics and phenomenology.

This panel of cutting-edge artists will serve as an introduction to those who are interested in the world of multisensory engagement in art and design.

Andrew Causey, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences at Columbia College Chicago. He is also a visual artist.

Carron Little is an interdisciplinary artist working on a yearlong performance entitled Dream Minds, for which she writes poetry based on the dreams of a different person interviewed each week. Little created the public performance series Out of Site in 2011, is the Director of Eyeporium Gallery, and sits on the SSA No. 33 Arts Committee.

Gwenn-Aël Lynn is a Franco-American interdisciplinary artist with an MFA in Performance Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has been awarded several artist residencies, fellowships, and has exhibited in the US, Europe, and in Indonesia. Responding to the ocular hegemony of mass media and the visual centrism of western culture, he makes interactive smell installation and food/scented performances that explore the relationship between olfaction, taste, hybridity, and hegemony. http://http://www.gwennaellynn.com

Fereshteh Toosi is a Lecturer in the First-Year Seminar program in the School of Liberal Arts at Columbia College Chicago. Her socially engaged public practice explores geography and sensory ethnography through a variety of media, from printmaking to performance. Her most recent project, GARLIC & GREENS, is a sculptural artist book designed to be accessible for people with low or no vision through sound, smell, taste, and touch. You may find samples of her work at fereshteh.net.

May 1, 2013
6:00―7:30 p.m.

“Body-Language, Gut-Feelings, and Gossip: The Evolution of Social Intelligence”
Social intelligence is widespread in the animal kingdom, from simple dominance hierarchies to complex multi-generational communities. Although humans possess a host of abilities that other animals do not, we surely have many equals in social intelligence. How did this intricate form of intelligence evolve? Does it require conscious thought in all cases, or can instinctual emotional abilities navigate the social world?

This panel discussion, comprising members of the LAS Research Group in Mind, Science, and Culture, will look at brain science, primate behavior, and human cultural evolution to unlock some of the mysteries of social intelligence. The panel will suggest answers to the questions above within an “emotional knowing” framework, which builds upon evolution and affective neuroscience.

The LAS Research Group in Mind, Science, and Culture takes a holistic approach to the mind. Its research emphasizes the continuity across mammalian brains by focusing on the integral role of emotion in social interaction and cognition.

Stephen T. Asma, PhD, is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia College Chicago, where he holds the title of Distinguished Scholar. Dr. Asma is the author of several books and has written many articles on topics that bridge the humanities and sciences, including the Philosophy of Biology and the uses of Religion.

Rami Gabriel, PhD,is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Columbia College Chicago. His research interests include consciousness, the self, and other topics at the intersection between psychology and philosophy. His first book, Why I Buy: Self, Taste, and Consumer Society in America (Intellect Press), is available now.

Glennon Curran holds a Bachelor of the Arts from Columbia College Chicago. He holds a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where he focused on Trial Advocacy. He became an associate fellow of the LAS Research Group in Mind, Science, and Culture in 2009 and is crafting an interdisciplinary exploration of social, legal, and economic norms.