March 6, 2013
We were delighted to be part of Brain Waves, a Weekender at The Barbican, where art and neuroscience put their heads together for an array of creative events intended to – perhaps just a little bit – blow your mind.
We brought three off-the-wall events exploring the nature of the most complex object in the universe…
We invited you to explore and share them with our memory archivist, and leave a piece of you behind in our branching collection of test tube thoughts.
From there, many of our guests took a guided tour to explore the capacity of their own ability to store information, a Memory Walk with grand master of memory Ed Cooke…
Follow their travels throughout the gargantuan, labyrinthine Barbican here.
For those who had an appetite for something more gustatory: a Jelly Brain Dissection. We served up plate after plate of pannacotta, moulded into the form of your delicious cerebrum. More close up shots of eviscerated brains here.
And, for a tasty treat for the ears, we devised an auditory guide to the mind: The Sonic Tour of the Brain.
February 27, 2013
We are delighted to be part of Brain Waves, an upcoming Weekender at The Barbican, where art and neuroscience will put their heads together this March for an array of creative events that are sure to blow your mind.
Join us as we bring three interactive events exploring the nature of the most complex object in the universe…
What does the brain sound like? Join us and our giant brain as we take you through a range of recordings – from firing neurons to hissing hair cells and singing cortices – and discover how much we can learn about the brain just by listening to it. You can download the track and learn more about how it was made here.
Jelly Brain Dissection
Come dissect, discuss and digest the most complex thing in the known universe: jelly, set in the shape of your marvellous cortex. Explore the evolutionary history of the brain as we serve up a range of delectable panna cotta models from across the animal kingdom.
You are your memories. Come explore and share them with memory experts, and leave a piece of you behind in our branching collection of test tube thoughts, designed by artist Evy Jokhova. Or join Grand Master of Memory Ed Cooke to learn how to remember everything you never thought you could.
January 20, 2012
We were delighted to be part of the launch of the Lost Lectures, a new night of (in their own words) “enchanting talks from secret locations”. Or, as founder Julian Kosicki described it, “a bit like TED meets Secret Cinema“. Each of the six speakers per evening has just twelve minutes to distill their ideas into one unforgettable talk – full details here.
Coming from the worlds of science, art, tech, music, entertainment, design, business, and the environment, speakers included Gavin Pretor-Pinney, author of the best selling Cloudspotter’s Guide and winner of The Royal Society Best Science Book award for his new book The Wavewatcher’s Companion, David Barrie, a social entrepreneur and the creative brains behind The People’s Supermarket, and Regine De Batty, author of We-Make-Money-Not-Art.
For the interval, we served up Jelly Brains: vanilla panna cotta and raspberry jelly cerebrums prepared by GS Creative Director Jenny Wong. UCL neuroscientists and cortex-carvers Dr Zarinah Agnew and Dr Becky Lawson were on hand to explain the function of each part of the jiggly (and tasty) specimens as we diced them up.
Who knew the most complex object in the known universe could taste so good.
January 18, 2012
Our first Jelly Brain of 2012! The wonderful Dr Zarinah Agnew of University College London will dissect panacotta and raspberry swirls set in the shape of our marvelous cerebrums as part of the brand new series, The Lost Lectures.
Full details of the night here.