The Extended Mind


Angelo Plessas
Angelo Plessas, 'The Eternal Internet Brotherhood/Sisterhood 6', 2017. Courtesy the artist and The Breeder, Athens

Gianfranco Baruchello, Marcus Coates, Marjolijn Dijkman, Nikolaus Gansterer, Joseph Grigely, Agnieszka Kurant & John Menick, Myriam Lefowitz, Daria Martin, William McKeown, Goro Murayama, Angelo Plessas, Magali Reus

'The Extended Mind' proposes that our cognition that is our mind, thoughts, reasoning, perception, imagination, intelligence, emotion and experience does not just take place within our brains. It also takes place through our bodies and the broader world and enabled by all the tools, technologies, institutions, materials and techniques we might use to orientate our understanding of where we are in the world.

From shadow puppetry of extinct animals, to videos exploring the impact of electromagnetic waves on our thoughts and cultures, to robots that learn through contact and the idea that digital technology is driving us towards a new collective sense of self, 'The Extended Mind' is set across a diverse series of journeys to other real and imagined places. Demonstrating that art plays a role in enriching our cognition, it includes:

Curated by Miranda Anderson, Tessa Giblin and James Clegg.

'The Extended Mind' is funded by The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Myriam Lefkowitz's off-site project Walk, Hands, Eyes (Edinburgh) is funded by Creative Scotland.


Exhibition Guide

Published on the occasion of 'The Extended Mind' at Talbot Rice Gallery, The University of Edinburgh. With contributions from Tessa Giblin, Director of Talbot Rice Gallery; James Clegg, Assistant Curator; Dr. Miranda Anderson, Honourary Fellow, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh and Professor Michael Wheeler, Philosophy, University of Stirling.

The Exhibition Guide will be available following the exhibition opening.


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