The Extended Mind proposes that our mind – that is our thoughts, reasoning, perception, imagination, intelligence, emotion and experience – is not simply contained within our brains. These things all take place through our bodies and the broader world, enabled by all the tools, technologies, institutions, materials and techniques we might use to orientate our understanding of ourselves.
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.
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