Vincent Walsh in conversation
Date: Wednesday 31 January 2018
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
The Weapons of Choice series, hosted by Kate Davies, gathers together multidisciplinary doers and thinkers to delve into the underlying processes behind the making of creative work. Engaging wild minds from the fields of art, design, technology and science in discussion, to explore how the tools available to creative minds activate design thinking in peculiar, particular ways. In conversation with leading cognitive neuroscientist, Vincent Walsh, this lecture will engage in an interrogation of creative practice, asking to what extent it is possible to manipulate or nurture creativity.
Vincent Walsh is professor of Human Brain Research at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London and a world expert on the brain and performance. His research group is now entirely concerned with using modern brain science to change behaviour and performance in the world beyond the lab. In the space beyond the lab he has been scientific advisor to the Southbank on the presentation of Messiaen’s synaesthesia, Scientist in Residence at the Royal Academy of Music, where he organised the first joint meeting of the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Music on Creativity and the Brain, and chair of the Medicine and Music symposium at the Royal College of Medicine. He has published 225 scientific papers on vision, awareness, time perception, music, synaesthesia and technical aspects of brain stimulation.
Kate Davies is an artist, architect and co-founder of nomadic design studio Unknown Fields, the art practice LiquidFactory and field robotics group RAVEN. She undertakes site-specific and expedition-based work, operating through films, objects and installations. Kate was unit master of Diploma 6 and taught at the Bartlett, UCL. She is now head of Media Studies and director of the Unknown Fields Research Studio at the AA.
All lectures are open to members of the public, staff and students unless otherwise stated.