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The middle ground: Where art meets science

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Past event - 2023
22 May Doors 6:30pm
Event 7:00pm to 8:45pm
Metric, Beit Quadrangle, Prince Consort Rd,
London SW7 2BB
Welcome to the first of three evenings where we will be exploring the human senses. Tonight will be an interdisciplinary showcase, presenting an array of guests at the top of their fields, with talks and interactive sessions (including a live painting activity) about the power of smell, its impact on our emotions and the consequences of its loss, particularly following COVID-19 infection.

Please bring headphones, you will need them for some of the interactive sessions!

An artistic adventure through science

Geraldine Cox (Artist in Residence at the Physics Department of Imperial College London)
Geraldine will be exploring the first complex creatures, the atom, and the magnetic connections between our Earth and Sun. We will look, hear, feel, create, and imagine. Geraldine has degrees in both physics and fine art and began her project ‘Finding Patterns’ in 2011 at Imperial College. She recently received the American Institute of Physics ‘Andrew Gemant Award’ for sharing physics concepts through the visual arts and reaching a remarkable range of people in innovative ways. 

Music in your head: Headphones and the listening experience

Dr Bruno Bower (Adult Education Lecturer, Imperial College London Centre for Languages Culture and Communication)
Headphones have fundamentally shifted the way music is heard. No longer tied to a physical location, it can now be experienced solely 'in our heads'. Bruno will discuss the challenges this has created for music producers, who must respond to way we move through the world, but has also opened up new opportunities as headphone technology continues to develop. Dr Bruno Bower (FRSA, FHEA) is a musicologist, performer, composer, and music editor. He currently teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the University of Surrey, and adult courses at Imperial College London.

Reconnecting with senses: Live painting with natural dyes and pigments

Dr Maria Valdivia-Garcia (Research Associate at Imperial College London)
Maria will be using her scientific and artistic backgrounds to produce art throughout the evening with a range of traditional and non traditional pigments. This will be a wonderful chance to see the production of art with knowledgeable commentary about the materials used to produce it. Maria completed two years of Painting and Drawing at the Macedonio de la Torre School of Fine Arts while also earning her Chemical Engineering degree at the National University of Trujillo (Peru). She moved to the UK, obtaining a MSc in Analytical Chemistry and a Doctorate in Environmental Engineering.

On the scent

Professor Barry Smith (Director of the Institute of Philosophy at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, and Director of the Centre for the Study of the Senses)
In this talk, we will explore the hidden dimensions of our sense of smell – how it works, why it sometimes doesn’t and what we can do to improve it. Too often neglected, our sense of smell contributes to many aspects of our everyday experience, from recognizing our kin, remembering places we have been, signalling our emotional states, identifying danger, tasting our food and even falling in love. We will find out if we can name familiar odours, try tasting with a nose clip, and learn what it means to be without the scents of our surroundings.
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