While studying how neural systems allow us to experience beauty, regardless of culture, learning and upbringing, neuroesthetics has been deeply inspired by the humanities.
This talk by Semir Zeki investigates the relationship between brain activity and aesthetic appreciation and artistic creativity. Further, it outlines the results of experiments on how the brain responds to ‘beauty’ in different forms – visual, musical and mathematical.
Semir Zeki was Professor of Neurobiology at University College London until 2008 and is currently its Professor of Neuroesthetics. His most recent research is into the neurobiology underlying subjective mental and aesthetic experiences. He has written four books, A Vision of the Brain (Blackwell Scientific, 1993); Inner Vision: An Exploration of Art and the Brain (OUP, 1999) and Splendors and Miseries of the Brain (Wiley-Blackwell 2008). He has also co-authored La Quête de l’essentiel with the late French painter Balthus (Archimbaud 1995) and La bella e la bestia with Ludovica Lumer (Laterza 2011).
Plus Minus Ensemble
11 September 2015, 5 pm Den Norske Opera & Ballett