Season 2018-2019.

September 2018

DART498 CART498 DART631

  September 2018

DART498 / CART498 / DART631

Convergence I & II: Arts+Neurosciences

 

Overview Fine Arts

Fine arts students across all disciplines are invited to participate in 6 credits of Special Topics Convergence I: Arts+Neuroscience (fall) and Convergence II (winter).

 

This interdisciplinary course invites students to creatively explore the intersection of arts, neuroscience, and society, and how these domains shape the understandings of ourselves and others. Concordia Fine Arts students work with the RI-MUHC Brain Repair and Integrative Neuroscience program (BRaIN) and McGill IPN students within the Convergence, Perceptions of Neuroscience initiative (www.convergenceinitiative.org) to create self-directed, collaborative projects which converge artistic and scientific research. The course combines lectures, debates, site visits, and independent study to encourage all participants to understand and discover territories outside their artistic or scientific comfort zones. The course encourages both intimate and large group discussions, as well as expressing arts and science knowledge through production, representations, and outcomes. 

 

..........................................

 

Convergence, Perceptions of Neuroscience is an independent initiative developed in partnership with the Brain Repair and Integrative Neuroscience (BRaIN) Program of the RI-MUHC and Concordia Faculty of Fine Arts. It is supported by the Canadian Association for Neuroscience, the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, McGill University Integrative Program in Neuroscience, the Montreal General Hospital Foundation, and The Visual Voice Gallery.

The official name of the course for Fine Arts students:


Fall DART498/2 B    Special Topics in Design: Convergence I

Winter DART498/4 AA    Special Topics in Design: Convergence II

 

Fall CART498/2 B    Special Topics in CART: Convergence I

Winter CART498/4 C    Special Topics in CART: Convergence II

Time: Fridays 5 to 9 PM

Permission:  Department of Design and Computation Arts.

To register:  Contact Michelina Sardella-Trapid          michelina.sardella@concordia.ca 

Please note:

YOU MUST REGISTER FOR BOTH, FALL AND WINTER TO BE ACCEPTED.

Convergence I & II: Arts+Neurosciences

Overview Neurosciences

Concordia Faculty of Fine Arts Special Topics in Visual Communication, DART631. Convergence I & II: Arts + Neuroscience (fall & winter 2018-2019). 16 weeks distributed over two semesters.

 

This interdisciplinary course invites Ph.D. students of the RI-MUHC Brain Repair and Integrative Neuroscience program (BRaIN) and Ph.D. students of the McGill University Integrated Program in Neuroscience (IPN) to creatively explore the intersection of neuroscience, arts, and society, and how these domains shape the understandings of ourselves and others. BRaIN and IPN students work with Concordia Fine Arts students within the Convergence, Perceptions of Neuroscience initiative (www.convergenceinitiative.org) to create self-directed, collaborative projects which converge scientific and artistic research. The course combines lectures, debates, site visits, and independent study to encourage all participants to understand and discover territories outside their scientific and artistic comfort zones. The course promotes both intimate and large group discussions, as well as expressing science and arts knowledge through production, representations, and outcomes. 

 

..........................................

 

Convergence, Perceptions of Neuroscience is an independent initiative developed in partnership with the Brain Repair and Integrative Neuroscience (BRaIN) Program of the RI-MUHC and Concordia Faculty of Fine Arts. It is supported by the Canadian Association for Neuroscience, the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, McGill University Integrative Program in Neuroscience, the Montreal General Hospital Foundation, and The Visual Voice Gallery.

The official name of the course for Neuroscience students:


Fall-Winter DART631/3 C    Special Topics in Visual Communication: Convergence I & II

 

Time: Fridays 5 to 9 PM

 

Permission:  Integrative Program in Neurosciences, McGill University.

 

To register:  Vivian Omune          ipn@mcgill.ca 

Please note:

This 3-credit course spans across the fall and winter semesters.

 

Due to limited space, a selection process will be held. You must submit a letter of interest.

 

About copyrights: The DART Syllabus course has been designed and prepared in an equal contribution by Cristian Zaelzer, Ph.D. in Sciences and Bettina Forget, MA.in Art Education. It is protected by copyright law, and it can not be used or reproduce without the explicit consent of the authors. If you have any questions or you wish to use sections of this syllabus, please write to the authors to obtain information and permission.

 

About Fine Arts and Neuroscience specific sections in the syllabus: The DART course has been designed to deliver six credits for Fine Arts students and three credits for Neuroscience students. There are specific sections that require 100% attendance for Fine Arts or Neuroscience students; those sections are marked with a red  and a blue  apple respectively.

 

About the dates in the syllabus: This course outline and schedule could be subjected to change.

 

..........................................

 

Semester 1: Research and Development

 

Week 1 

 

Week 1, Sept 7, 2018

Introduction

 

            Introduction of the Professors (10 minutes)                       

            Syllabus Introduction (15 to 20 minutes)

            What is Science? (1 hour)

                        A Brief History of Modern Science.

                        What is the Scientific Method, and where did it come from?

            What is Art? (1 hour)

                        A Brief Overview of Contemporary Art

                        Artwork at the Intersection of Art and Science

            Questions, expectations, comments (30 minutes)

 

Week 2 - Week 5 

 

Neuroscience for the Arts

 

            Week 2, Sept 14, 2018

            Learning a New Language: Neuroscience

                        From molecules to networks. Plans, Messengers, Building Blocks, Architecture (DNA, mRNA, Proteins, Cells).

                        Neurons, Glia, Circuits.

                        Methods to study neuroscience.

 

            Week 3, Sept 21, 2018

            Spying on the World: The Sensory System

                        Light touching the world, Vision.

                        It’s all about vibrations, Auditory and Vestibular Systems.

                        Texture comes from contact, Somatosensory System.

 

            Week 4, Sept 28, 2018

            Keep me safe, keep me alive

            Emotion, Memory, and Learning. Reward System.

            

            Week 5, Oct 5, 2018

            If I verbalize it, it exists

            Speech and Language. Neurolinguistics. Synesthesia.

 

Week 6 - Week 9 

 

Ignite Presentations

 

            Week 6, Oct 12, 2018

            Ignite presentations by Fine Arts students

            Discussion

 

            Week 7, Oct 19, 2018

            Ignite presentations by Neuroscience students

            Discussion

 

            Week 8, Oct 26, 2018

            Ignite presentations by Fine Arts students

            Discussion.

 

            Week 9, Nov 2, 2018

            Ignite presentations by Neuroscience students

            Discussion

 

Week 10 - Week 13

 

Team Building and SciComm for Neuroscientists

 

            Week 10, Nov 9, 2018

            Data Visualization (SciComm) 

            Workshop directed to neuroscientists by a member of the Computational Arts & Design Department.

            

            Fine Arts Submission of Research Questions.    

            Submission of research questions, methodology to develop them, and tentative groups where they would like to work their                     research (With which neuroscientist I would like to work).

 

            Week 11, Nov 16, 2018 

            Art-Science Debates (SciComm).

            Groups composed of 4 students choose two papers to read and debate. One of the papers will support the view the other                       paper will oppose it.

 

                        Subjects: TBD

 

            Week 12, Nov 30, 2018 

            Art-Science Debates (SciComm).

            Groups composed of 4 students choose two papers to read and debate. One of the papers will support the view the other                       paper will oppose it.

 

                        Subjects: TBD

                                    

            Week 13, Dec 7, 2018 

            Project Proposal Submission (Fine Arts)

                                    At this point, the groups Artist(s)-Neuroscientist(s) should already be established.

 

            Neuroscience Submission of Project Goals.

                                 

 

 

Semester 2: Production and Presentation

 

Week 1 - Week 2

Site Visits

 

            Week 1, Jan 11, 2019 

            The Black Box

                        Open Labs, Visit of the BRaIN Program of the MUHC facilities

                        Neuroscience Talk (TBD)

                        Social

 

 

            Week 2, Jan 18, 2019 

            The White Box

                       Guided tour to the Museum of Contemporary Art of Montreal and one contemporary art gallery in Montreal

                       Fine Arts Talk (TBD)

                       Social

 

Week 3 - Week 6

Artistic Production and SciComm for Neuroscientists 

 

            Week 3, Jan 25, 2019 

                        Studio time (Fine Arts Students)

                        Conspiracy Theories (SciComm)

                        Charismatic Leaders. Confirmation Bias. BackFire Effect

 

            Week 4, Feb 1, 2019 

                        Intermediate Critique Session.

 

            Week 5, Feb 8, 2019 

                        Studio time (Fine Arts Students)

                        Avoidance of Complexity (SciComm) 

                        Causality and Filling the Ignorance Gap. Risk Perception and Probabilities.

 

            Week 6, Feb 15th 

                        Studio time (Fine Arts Students)

                        Knowledge Translation (SciComm)

 

Week 7

Site Visits

 

            Week 7, March 1, 2019 

            SenseLab

            Visit Concordia Faculty of Fine Arts studios for Neuroscience students.

 

Week 8 - Week 11

Production

 

            March 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2019 

                        Meetings by appointment

                        (at least one appointment per group).

                        During this time artist and scientist work on their final projects.

 

Week 12 - Week 13 

Final Critique and Art Installation

 

            Week 12, April 5, 2019

                        The Arts-Neuroscience teams present their works. These works should be in at 90% level of completion.

                        SciComm Paper delivery deadline. Neuroscientist deadline to submit their outreach paper.

 

            Week 13, April 12, 2019

                        Art installation during April 10th and 11th. Exhibition Vernissage on April 12th.

                        The Arts-Neuroscience teams present their works. These works should be in a 100% level of completion.

 

Week 14 to Week 16 

Exhibition and Arts-Neuroscience Symposium

 

             April 12, 19, and 29, 2019

                        Artists: Exhibition of curated artworks at Visual Voice Gallery (other locations TBD).

 

                       Neuroscientists: Neuroscience-Arts Symposium. This is the presentation of the final project of neuroscience students,                                where they will show their new re-created science to the general audience and linked to a short presentation of the works                        of art exhibited in the galleries.

Combined Syllabus

Convergence I & II: Arts+Neurosciences

 
  • Facebook - Black Circle
  • Twitter - Black Circle
  • YouTube - Black Circle
  • Instagram - Black Circle

Address/Notre Adresse/Nuestra Dirección

265 Rue Laverendrye

Longueuil, J4G 2S1, QC, Canada.

info@convergenceinitiative.org

Tel: +1 438 838-8831

© 2016-2019 by Cristian Zaelzer. Proudly created with Wix.com