Neuroart: Creativity from the First Neuronal Spark
From the first paintings on stone to the most sought-after canvases in museums throughout the world, human beings have wanted to reproduce their ideas and experiences on a physical medium. The question arising from this need is why such an investment of time is required to create works of art. The explanation of this can be found in NeuroArt, one of the neurological disciplines in which the brain merges with artistic expression and perception. What is the role of our brain in the way in which we confront a work of art or what is commonly considered “beautiful”? What connection does this idea have with artistic creation?
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Mara Dierssen has a PhD in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Cantabria and is Director of the Cellular and Systems Neurobiology laboratory at the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG), as well as a member of the Hospital del Mar Research Institute. Her main current scientific interests focus on examining the neurobiological mechanisms underlying memory and learning and how they are altered in complex disorders, as well as on the development and application of this knowledge to clinical practice.
Carles Guerra is an art critic, teacher and researcher, and he is currently a member of the College of Photography and Moving Images at the Centre Nationale d’Arts Plastiques (CNAP). He has been director of Primavera Fotogràfica de Catalunya and the Virreina Centre de la Imatge, chief curator of the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) and, between 2015 and 2020, executive director of the Antoni Tàpies Foundation. His latest research project and exhibition dealt with the figure of the Catalan psychiatrist Francesc Tosquelles, under the title Francesc Tosquelles: Like a Sewing Machine in a Wheat Field.
Elisenda Roca is a journalist, writer and theater director who has directed, produced and presented radio and TV programs. She is currently the voice of the legendary program Saber y Ganar on TVE’s La 2 channel, and she collaborates in the radio programs Las tardes de TNE, El Balcó for SER Catalunya and El Món a RAC1.