Art – Video and Audio

Emotion, Feeling, and Social Behavior: The Brain Perspective

“Neither anguish nor the elation that love or art can bring about are devalued by understanding some of the myriad biological processes that make them what they are… Our sense of wonder should increase before the intricate mechanisms that make such magic possible.”
Antonio Damasio’s trilogy, Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain (1994), The Feeling of What Happens (1999) and Looking for Spinoza (2003), inspired the theme for the 2003 UW Summer Arts Festival, Spheres. Delving into activity in the anterior portion of the cerebral hemi”spheres,” Damasio’s research “… brings us closer to understanding the delicate interaction between affect, consciousness, and memory – the processes that both keep us alive and make life worth living” (Harcourt Books).

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What is Beauty? Are there objective standards of beauty? Or is beauty in the eye of the beholder? Must art be beautiful to be great art? What is the role of the experience of beauty in a good life? Alexander Nehamas’ main areas of research are ancient Greek philosophy, aesthetics and literary theory, and Nietzsche. He is a professor in the departments of philosophy and comparative literature at Princeton University, where he also serves as the chair for the Program in Hellenic Studies.

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What is Art? Anything someone wants to call art? Or are there some objective criteria, that not every instance of paint smeared on canvas and not every murder mystery meets? What are the main philosophies of art? Are any of them plausible? John and Ken talk about the nature of art with Alexander Nehamas from Princeton University.

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Why is it that great works of art seem to have a universal appeal, transcending cultural and geographic boundaries? V.S. Ramachandran, director of UCSD’s Center for Brain and Cognition has studied how the brain perceives works of art and thinks he may know the answer to this intriguing question.

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Arne Glimcher, presents a relaxed and informal portrait of Chuck Close, his work and methods. From his studio space, to the hanging and unveiling of an exhibition the film shows the artist at work and in conversation, discussing the people, places and artists that have influenced and inspired his work, his inspiration in nature, in the art of past civilizations and the work of artists still producing today. Arne Glimcher is one of the foremost gallerists and contemporary art dealers in the world.

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ALAIN DE BOTTON offers his thoughts on the kind of architecture that has a capacity to make us happy. And that’s also the title of his most recent book: The Architecture of Happiness. In it he quotes Stendahl: “Beauty is the promise of happiness,” which is a pithy motto for his anti-modernist view of architecture. If you are a fan of Prince Charles’ views on architecture, you will appreciate de Botton’s take. If, on the other hand, you are a staunch modernist, you can watch and sharpen your anti-traditionalist arguments.

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Entrevista de Cristián Warnken a Alejandro Jodorowsky para el programa de la televisión chilena Canal 13, La Belleza de Pensar.

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JORDAN PETERSON teaches Psychology at the University of Toronto and the subject of his talk is music. Music affects us in ways that most of us can’t quite put it into words, and yet is very much a kind of language. More specifically, how does music produce in the listeners intimations of meaning? How do we translate wave patterns into language of emotions? Unlike academic dissection of humour, this lecture will not rob you of appreciating music.

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  • 1. aniket ayare  |  October 26, 2008 at 10:26 am



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