Research seminar: Art & VIsion Science

Scientific Connections

Thursday, 24 April 2014

18.00 - 19.15, Research Forum South Room

Viewer examining moving image of grid of white light
Madi Boyd, The Point of Perception, 2009-2013. Courtesy of the artist.

Speaker(s): Nicola Triscott (The Arts Catalyst) and Madi Boyd (installation and video artist)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Tim Satterthwaite (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Launching The Courtauld’s new Art & Vision Science seminar series, Nicola Triscott, director of The Arts Catalyst, describes an extraordinary cultural moment, in which artists and scientists are developing collaborative responses to scientific questions and human dilemmas. Her talk draws on 20 years of groundbreaking projects at one of the UK’s leading commissioning arts organisations.

Madi Boyd’s immersive artwork The Point of Perception (2009-2013) was the product of a collaboration with leading neuroscientists; the work explores ambiguity in perception and the emergence of form in a moving-image installation. The premise for her current project, The Fickle Screen, is that art which combines installation and moving image acts in a particular way on our perceptual consciousness. The work involves experimental research, examining interactions between the senses and how these sculpt our visual perception: the connection between how one sees and what one sees.

Nicola Triscott
is a cultural producer and writer, specialising in the intersections between art, science, technology and society. She is the founder and director of The Arts Catalyst, one of the UK’s most distinctive arts organisations, distinguished by ambitious artists’ commissions that engage with science (including projects by Tomas Saraceno, Ashok Sukumaran, Aleksandra Mir, Otolith Group and Critical Art Ensemble) and by the international dimension of its programme of exhibitions, events, research and publications. Nicola has curated numerous exhibitions and events. She lectures and publishes internationally, including books on art and technology in the Arctic, art and space, and ecological art. She blogs at .

Madi Boyd graduated in Fine Art Sculpture from The Slade (UCL), 2005. She has made installations and short film works for The Science Museum, London (2011-12), Kinetica (2011, 12, 13), the BFI (2010), and for a Transmediale satellite show at Art Laboratory Berlin (2013). Most recently (2013), her work was selected for an exhibition at The Science Gallery, Dublin, curated by Professor Richard Wiseman. This show will tour the USA and Canada during 2014-15. Her 3D holographic films have been screened worldwide, at public and private events including the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

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