Dec 15 2014

Art, Brains and Awe

Published by at 1:26 pm under creativity,visual thinking

Stephen Downes posted this link in his OLDaily today. Take a moment out of a busy day and look at the images that Greg Dunn has created from images of the human brain. This quote says it all:

Image from Gregg Dunn

Through his art, Dunn hopes to give voice to scientists whose work usually isn’t appreciated by the general public, he said. “Art has the power to capture people’s emotions and inspire awe [in a way] that a lot of charts and graphs don’t have.” Credit: Greg Dunn

via Dazzling Images of the Brain Created by Neuroscientist-Artist.

6 responses so far

6 Responses to “Art, Brains and Awe”

  1. Scott Johnsonon 15 Dec 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Beautiful things! The ink work with the blown branching must have started as one of “accidents” we need to pay attention to.

    Thanks Nancy for catching this wonder. Can we name the blue image above “Elvis of the Hippocampus”? Looks like the kind of picture Steven’s hairdresser might use for inspiration:-)

  2. Nancy Whiteon 16 Dec 2014 at 1:25 pm

    I keep going back and looking at the images, Scott, and I want to make them my screen saver. I wonder if pictures of our brains stimulate our brains in any particular way?

  3. Scott Johnsonon 16 Dec 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Are we allowed to marvel at the wonderousness of ourselves? Some brains might say “no” though here’s something posted by Simon Ensor at Rhizo14 that could be tried at home: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152841067673605&set=p.10152841067673605&type=1

  4. Beth Alexanderon 17 Dec 2014 at 10:52 am

    The images are indeed wondrous. I’m in awe of his sumi-e skills, the microetching is also amazing. Great find Nancy! I could spend hours wandering through one of his pieces.

  5. Nancy Whiteon 17 Dec 2014 at 11:25 am

    @Scott — looks like the church of the spaghetti monster has shown up!

    @Beth, they are hypnotic to me. (Must. Go. Work.)

  6. Scott Johnsonon 17 Dec 2014 at 6:57 pm

    The dog looks a bit stressed with the minimalist neuron tangle, and likely disappointed in the lack of meatballs:-(.

    Get the same feeling from Dunn’s work as I get from maps, pathways and Nina Johnson’s Labyrinth work at Thompson Rivers University: http://inside.tru.ca/2013/12/04/inspiration-at-every-turn/

    And: Labyrinths & Mazes Resource Centre, Photo Library & Archive
    http://www.labyrinthos.net/introduction1.html

    Searching or explorations, tributaries.

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