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Mind Sculpture

Mind Sculpture
  • Author : Ian Robertson
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2011-02-08
  • Total pages :316
  • ISBN : 1446436179

Summary : Listen. Can you hear an aircraft passing overhead? A dog barking? The twittering of birds? In straining to listen, you have just sent a surge of electrical activity through millions of brain cells. In choosing to do this with your mind, you have changed your brain - you have made brain cells fire, at the side of your head, above the right eye. By the time you've read this far, you will have changed your brain permanently. These words will leave a faint trace in the woven electricity of you. For 'you' exists in the trembling web of connected brain cells. This web is in flux, continually remoulded, sculpted by the restless energy of the world. That energy is transformed at your senses into the utterly unique weave of brain connections that is YOU. New research has demonstrated the way in which the brain is shaped by experience and sculpted by our interactions with the world around us. As one of the world's leading authorities on brain rehabilitation, Ian Robertson is uniquely placed to explore these ground-breaking discoveries, that free us from the currently fashionable genetically determinist view. Mind Sculpture is a singularly accessible and imaginative book which communicates the excitement and challenge of the most recent research, its consequences for how we understand the brain and how we perceive ourselves.

Mind Sculpture

Mind Sculpture
  • Author : Ian Robertson
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2010-11-02
  • Total pages :316
  • ISBN : 9780857500199

Summary : Listen. Can you hear an aircraft passing overhead? A dog barking? The twittering of birds? In straining to listen, you have just sent a surge of electrical activity through millions of brain cells. In choosing to do this with your mind, you have changed your brain - you have made brain cells fire, at the side of your head, above the right eye. By the time you've read this far, you will have changed your brain permanently. These words will leave a faint trace in the woven electricity of you. For 'you' exists in the trembling web of connected brain cells. This web is in flux, continually remoulded, sculpted by the restless energy of the world. That energy is transformed at your senses into the utterly unique weave of brain connections that is YOU. New research has demonstrated the way in which the brain is shaped by experience and sculpted by our interactions with the world around us. As one of the world's leading authorities on brain rehabilitation, Ian Robertson is uniquely placed to explore these ground-breaking discoveries, that free us from the currently fashionable genetically determinist view. Mind Sculpture is a singularly accessible and imaginative book which communicates the excitement and challenge of the most recent research, its consequences for how we understand the brain and how we perceive ourselves.

Mind Sculpture

Mind Sculpture
  • Author : Ian Robertson
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2000
  • Total pages :316
  • ISBN : 0553813250

Summary : CONTENTS: Listen. Can you hear an aircraft passing overhead? A dog barking? The twittering of birds? In straining to listen, you have just sent a surge of electrical activity through millions of brain cells. In choosing to do this with your mind, you have changed your brain - you have made brain cells fire, at the side of your head, above the right eye. By the time you've read this far, you will have changed your brain permanently. These words will leave a faint trace in the woven electricity of you. For 'you' exists in the trembling web of connected brain cells. This web is in flux, continually remoulded, sculpted by the restless energy of the world. That energy is transformed at your senses into the utterly unique weave of brain connections that is YOU. In the last decade, new research has demonstrated the way in which the brain is shaped by experience and sculpted by our interactions with the world around us. As one of the world's leading authorities on brain rehabilitation, Ian Robertson is uniquely placed to explore these ground-breaking discoveries, that free us from the currently fashionable genetically determinist view. Mind Sculpture is a singularly accessible and imaginative book which communicates the excitement and challenge of the most recent research, its consequences for how we understand the brain and how we perceive ourselves.

The World in the Mind and Sculpture of Deafblind People

The World in the Mind and Sculpture of Deafblind People
  • Author : Ewa Anna Niestorowicz
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2017-05-11
  • Total pages :254
  • ISBN : 1443893765

Summary : The World in the Mind and Sculpture of Deafblind People discusses the creative capabilities of people with simultaneous impairment of sight and hearing. It is a pioneering interdisciplinary study combining theories from the fields of pedagogy, psychology, semiotics and theory of art. It presents a study of the act of creation performed by deafblind people, which makes it possible to propose a vision of reality as conveyed through their sculptures, and which forms a base for the scrutiny of the specific and individual ways of understanding the world and its visualisation in the minds of deafblind artists. The key to the model of the analysis of the creative act proposed here is the concept of a sign developed by semiotics as proposed by Morris and Peirce. The study indicates the fact that creative challenges can become the means of transgressing barriers of disabilities, can serve as therapy, and can influence social attitudes resulting in conscious studying of, participating in, and transforming reality. This book will aid specialists working within the fields of pedagogy, special education, psychology, and fine arts, as well as teachers, students, researchers, art therapists, and workshop instructors.

Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly
  • Author : Cy Twombly,Achim Hochdörfer
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2009
  • Total pages :323
  • ISBN :

Summary : The American artist Cy Twombly is regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Starting off from abstract expressionism, he developed his own original style using writing-like signs which he exaggerated in size into monumental, large-format canvases. The presentation at the MUMOKthe first in Austriabrings together works from all periods of his oeuvre and presents a new cycle of works specially created for the show. Twombly's pictures and sculptures evoke the ancient myths of the Mediterranean world though it is the incidental and underlying that is the focal point. The alternation between sensitivity and vulgarity, filigree technique and expressivity constitute the enormous tension in the works. The exhibition, presented as a retrospective, brings together genres that, up until now, have generally been shown separately sculpture, painting, drawing, graphic works, and photographs.

The World in the Mind and Sculpture of Deafblind People

The World in the Mind and Sculpture of Deafblind People
  • Author : Ewa Anna Niestorowicz
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2017-05-11
  • Total pages :254
  • ISBN : 1443893765

Summary : The World in the Mind and Sculpture of Deafblind People discusses the creative capabilities of people with simultaneous impairment of sight and hearing. It is a pioneering interdisciplinary study combining theories from the fields of pedagogy, psychology, semiotics and theory of art. It presents a study of the act of creation performed by deafblind people, which makes it possible to propose a vision of reality as conveyed through their sculptures, and which forms a base for the scrutiny of the specific and individual ways of understanding the world and its visualisation in the minds of deafblind artists. The key to the model of the analysis of the creative act proposed here is the concept of a sign developed by semiotics as proposed by Morris and Peirce. The study indicates the fact that creative challenges can become the means of transgressing barriers of disabilities, can serve as therapy, and can influence social attitudes resulting in conscious studying of, participating in, and transforming reality. This book will aid specialists working within the fields of pedagogy, special education, psychology, and fine arts, as well as teachers, students, researchers, art therapists, and workshop instructors.

Calder

Calder
  • Author : Jed Perl
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2017
  • Total pages :687
  • ISBN : 0307272729

Summary : The first biography of America's greatest twentieth-century sculptor, Alexander Calder: an authoritative and revelatory achievement, based on a wealth of letters and papers never before available, and written by one of our most renowned art critics. Alexander Calder is one of the most beloved and widely admired artists of the twentieth century. Anybody who has ever set foot in a museum knows him as the inventor of the mobile, America's unique contribution to modern art. But only now, forty years after the artist's death, is the full story of his life being told in this biography, which is based on unprecedented access to Calder's letters and papers as well as scores of interviews. Jed Perl shows us why Calder was--and remains--a barrier breaker, an avant-garde artist with mass appeal. This beautifully written, deeply researched book opens with Calder's wonderfully peripatetic upbringing in Philadelphia, California, and New York. Born in 1898 into a family of artists--his father was a well-known sculptor, his mother a painter and a pioneering feminist--Calder went on as an adult to forge important friendships with a who's who of twentieth-century artists, including Joan Mir�, Marcel Duchamp, Georges Braque, and Piet Mondrian. We move through Calder's early years studying engineering to his first artistic triumphs in Paris in the late 1920s, and to his emergence as a leader in the international abstract avant-garde. His marriage in 1931 to the free-spirited Louisa James--she was a great-niece of Henry James--is a richly romantic story, related here with a wealth of detail and nuance. Calder's life takes on a transatlantic richness, from New York's Greenwich Village in the Roaring Twenties, to the Left Bank of Paris during the Depression, and then back to the United States, where the Calders bought a run-down old farmhouse in western Connecticut. New light is shed on Calder's lifelong interest in dance, theater, and performance, ranging from the Cirque Calder, the theatrical event that became his calling card in bohemian Paris to collaborations with the choreographer Martha Graham and the composer Virgil Thomson. More than 350 illustrations in color and black-and-white--including little-known works and many archival photographs that have never before been seen--further enrich the story.

Mind Wide Open

Mind Wide Open
  • Author : Steven Johnson
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2004-02-27
  • Total pages :288
  • ISBN : 9780743258791

Summary : BRILLIANTLY EXPLORING TODAY'S CUTTING-EDGE BRAIN RESEARCH, MIND WIDE OPEN IS AN UNPRECEDENTED JOURNEY INTO THE ESSENCE OF HUMAN PERSONALITY, ALLOWING READERS TO UNDERSTAND THEMSELVES AND THE PEOPLE IN THEIR LIVES AS NEVER BEFORE. Using a mix of experiential reportage, personal storytelling, and fresh scientific discovery, Steven Johnson describes how the brain works -- its chemicals, structures, and subroutines -- and how these systems connect to the day-to-day realities of individual lives. For a hundred years, he says, many of us have assumed that the most powerful route to self-knowledge took the form of lying on a couch, talking about our childhoods. The possibility entertained in this book is that you can follow another path, in which learning about the brain's mechanics can widen one's self-awareness as powerfully as any therapy or meditation or drug. In Mind Wide Open, Johnson embarks on this path as his own test subject, participating in a battery of attention tests, learning to control video games by altering his brain waves, scanning his own brain with a $2 million fMRI machine, all in search of a modern answer to the oldest of questions: who am I? Along the way, Johnson explores how we "read" other people, how the brain processes frightening events (and how we might rid ourselves of the scars those memories leave), what the neurochemistry is behind love and sex, what it means that our brains are teeming with powerful chemicals closely related to recreational drugs, why music moves us to tears, and where our breakthrough ideas come from. Johnson's clear, engaging explanation of the physical functions of the brain reveals not only the broad strokes of our aptitudes and fears, our skills and weaknesses and desires, but also the momentary brain phenomena that a whole human life comprises. Why, when hearing a tale of woe, do we sometimes smile inappropriately, even if we don't want to? Why are some of us so bad at remembering phone numbers but brilliant at recognizing faces? Why does depression make us feel stupid? To read Mind Wide Open is to rethink family histories, individual fates, and the very nature of the self, and to see that brain science is now personally transformative -- a valuable tool for better relationships and better living.

Of Mind and Matter

Of Mind and Matter
  • Author : Brian McGinn
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :1996
  • Total pages :329
  • ISBN :

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Sculpture and Psychoanalysis

Sculpture and Psychoanalysis
  • Author : Brandon Taylor
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2017-07-05
  • Total pages :253
  • ISBN : 1351549618

Summary : Just what do psychoanalysis and modern sculpture have to do with one another? The present collection of essays, unique in its field, shows how key metaphors of Freudian and Kleinian psychoanalysis - splitting, projection, sublimation, identification, the schizoid and reparative mechanisms - as well as Lacan's concepts of the stade du mirroir and the objet petit a, can be fruitfully applied to a range of modern three-dimensional art, from Surrealism to the present day. As these essays show, figures such as Barbara Hepworth, Eva Hesse, Jean-Jacques Lebel, Robert Morris, Donald Judd, Gilbert and George, Rebecca Horn and others have often approached the material of sculpture with something like these mechanisms in mind. The need to unlock the levels of psychoanalytic connection between artist, object and viewer in recent debate has fuelled the diverse proposals of this original and important book.

Material and Mind

Material and Mind
  • Author : Christopher Bardt
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2019-09-17
  • Total pages :392
  • ISBN : 026204272X

Summary : An in-depth exploration of the interaction between mind and material world, mediated by language, image, and making—in design, the arts, culture, and science. In Material and Mind, Christopher Bardt delves deeply into the interaction of mind and material world, mediated by language, image, and the process of making. He examines thought not as something “pure” and autonomous but as emerging from working with material, and he identifies this as the source of imagination and creative insight. This takes place as much in such disciplines as cognitive science, anthropology, and poetry as it does in the more obvious painting, sculpture, and design. In some fields, the medium of work is, in fact, the very medium of thinking—as fabric is for the tailor. Drawing on the philosophical notions of the “extended mind” and the “enactive mind,” and looking beyond the world of material-based arts, Bardt investigates the realms in which material and mind interweave through metaphor, representation, projection, analogues, tools, and models. He considers words and their material origins and discusses the paradox of representation. He draws on the design process, scientific discovery, and cultural practice, among others things, to understand the dynamics of human thinking, to illuminate some of the ways we work with materials and use tools, and to demonstrate how our world continues to shape us as we shape it. Finally, he considers the seamless “immaterial” flow of imagery, text, and data and considers the place of material engagement in a digital storm.

Being a Skull

Being a Skull
  • Author : Georges Didi-Huberman
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2016-11-22
  • Total pages :80
  • ISBN : 194541409X

Summary : What would a sculpture look like that has as its task to touch thought? For the French philosopher and Art Historian, Georges Didi-Huberman, this is the central question that permeates throughout the work of Italian artist Giuseppe Penone. Through a careful study of Penone’s work regarding a sculptural and haptic process of contact with place, thought, and artistic practice, Didi-Huberman takes the reader on a journey through various modes of thinking by way of being. Taking Penone’s artwork “Being the river” as a thematic starting point, Didi-Huberman sketches a sweeping view of how artists through the centuries have worked with conceptions of the skull, that is, the mind, and ruminates on where thought is indeed located. From Leonardo da Vinci to Albrecht Dürer, Didi-Huberman guides us to the work of Penone and from there, into the attempts of a sculptor whose works strives to touch thought. What we uncover is a sculptor whose work becomes a series of traces of the site of thought. Attempting to trace, by way of a series of frottages, reports, and developments, this imperceptible zone of contact. The result is a kind of fossil of the brain: the site of thought, namely, the site for getting lost and for disproving space. Sculpting at the same time what inhabits as well as what incorporates us.

The Art of Nick Sikkuark

The Art of Nick Sikkuark
  • Author : Nick Sikkuark,Robert Kardosh,Marion Scott Gallery
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2003
  • Total pages :91
  • ISBN :

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Stay Sharp With The Mind Doctor

Stay Sharp With The Mind Doctor
  • Author : Ian Robertson
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2011-04-30
  • Total pages :240
  • ISBN : 1446425568

Summary : A simple and fun mind workout that will give you the mental sharpness of someone 10 years younger. New research in neuroscience - the study of mind-brain function - has proved that, just as physical health and fitness can be transformed by diet and exercise, so your brain can be tuned to maximum sharpness. It is also possible to avoid, and even reverse, the effects of mental aging. Key discoveries include: -Exercise actually grows your brain and improves your memory -The foods and vitamins that make you sharper -Use your brain if you don't want to lose it -Unstress your brain - it doesn't like it

Aesthetics and the Sciences of Mind

Aesthetics and the Sciences of Mind
  • Author : Greg Currie,Matthew Kieran,Aaron Meskin,Jon Robson
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2014-07-24
  • Total pages :256
  • ISBN : 019164840X

Summary : Through much of the twentieth century, philosophical thinking about works of art, design, and other aesthetic products has emphasized intuitive and reflective methods, often tied to the idea that philosophy's business is primarily to analyze concepts. This 'philosophy from the armchair' approach contrasts with methods used by psychologists, sociologists, evolutionary thinkers, and others who study the making and reception of the arts empirically. How far should philosophers be sensitive to the results of these studies? Is their own largely a priori method basically flawed? Are their views on aesthetic value, interpretation, imagination, and the emotions of art to be rethought in the light of best science? The essays in this volume seek answers to these questions, many through detailed studies of problems traditionally regarded as philosophical but where empirical inquiry seems to be shedding interesting light. No common view is looked for or found in this volume: a number of authors argue that the current enthusiasm for scientific approaches to aesthetics is based on a misunderstanding of the philosophical enterprise and sometimes on misinterpretation of the science; others suggest various ways that philosophy can and should accommodate and sometimes yield to the empirical approach. The editors provide a substantial introduction which sets the scene historically and conceptually before summarizing the claims and arguments of the essays.