Lecture
Art and the arrival of the modern brain

Friday 15 March 2013,
18.30–19.30

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A lecture exploring art and the arrival of the modern brain.

In creating the works on display in the exhibition Ice Age art, artists from the Ice Age were attempting to find a visual language for how the modern human brain looks at the world – something artists have done ever since.

Semir Zeki, Professor of Neuroesthetics at University College London, and Professor Clive Gamble, University of Southampton and British Museum Trustee, explore the origins of this process and address the question of whether the modern brain appeared long before the first art or whether they arrived at the same time.


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Where are you from? by Luis Carlos Torres. MRI brain scan. © Luis Carlos Torres.