Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Princenthal: neuroscience

From: Nancy Princenthal
Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2007 11:46:18 -0500

What a fascinating conference so far. The frontiers of medical and scientific imaging do certainly offer a new landscape to visual artists, and also reconfigure the art audience. An important question, raised several times, concerns presentation venues and audiences.
I’d like to introduce a question about new developments in the understanding of unconscious processes, as they relate to both the reception and production of visual imagery. It’s clear we respond to so many visual stimuli without (or before) conscious awareness. Does anyone know of neuroscientific work on this issue that directly engages the visual arts?
Also, does anyone know of neuroscientific work that provides recent (even speculative) findings about how the visual contents of dreams are produced? Is visual coherence a function of recall, or of the primary dream experience?

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