The Extended Mind proposes that our cognition –our mind, thoughts, reasoning, imagination, emotion and experience – does not just take place within our brains, and through the lens of contemporary art shows how we come to be shaped through our interaction with the world.
Artist Myriam Lefkowitz’s ongoing project Walk, Hands, Eyes examines the relationship formed between a city and its inhabitants. Over the course of an hour’s silent walk through a city, a participant and a guide form an immersive relationship with their surroundings through the simple acts of walking, seeing, and touching.
Pine’s Eye explores what it means to be human in times of ecological change. Taking its name from 'Pinocchio' (the Italian for ‘pine eye’ or ‘kernel’) it is necessarily tricky and mischievous as it weaves a journey between subjectivities and the natural world. Rejecting progress, purity, standardisation and originality, it reframes modernism as a pagan pursuit, asks flowers to bear witness to global treaties and ushers in indigenous tales of the forest. Through masks and mannequins, magic, science fiction and ritual, Pine’s Eye looks at the human form entangled in nature.
Selected artists from The Extended Mind exhibition in conversation with Talbot Rice Gallery's Assistant Curator James Clegg and Dr. Miranda Anderson, Anniversary Research Fellowship at Stirling and Honourary Fellow, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh.
As part of The Extended Mind exhibition, join us for an Artist Talk with American artist and scholar Joseph Grigely. Deaf since the age of ten, Grigely has built his practice around the note papers hearing people have written on in the course of conversing with him, creating installations that explore the often overlooked embodied aspects of human communication, and examine its potential and limitations.
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