WONDER - ART AND SCIENCE ON THE BRAIN
PUBLIC PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
Ruby Wax talking about her battle with depression and the research that it has inspired, mathematician Marcus du Sautoy and DJ James Holden exploring consciousness through an audiovisual spectacular, and a brain-inspired flash mob dance: these are just some of the highlights in a packed programme of events that put the growing relationship between the arts and neuroscience under the microscope.
Inspired by BNA 2013: Festival of Neuroscience, the Barbican and the Wellcome Trust, two leading organisations in the worlds of art and science, have teamed up to programme 'Wonder: Art and Science on the Brain', which will see the public, artists and neuroscientists rub shoulders - and minds - to explore the inner workings of the brain. The Wonder season will feature films, music, theatre, talks and participation, and a wealth of hands-on experiments for all ages.
Visitors can explore the relationships between the city and their brains, find out how urban living drives impulsive behaviour and see what impact our 24/7 culture has on our sleep patterns. Neuroscientists will compete against each other to win over the hearts and minds of the public in a special live version of 'I'm a Neuroscientist, Get Me Out of Here'.
Illusions, experiments, arts, theatre and game play will dominate the Barbican foyers at both the Barbican Weekender and Wonder: Street Fair, and a special brain-themed flash mob will explore the role of dance in mood and emotion.
A season of neuroscience on film will include a special screening of 1958 B-movie cult favourite 'Fiend Without a Face' alongside classics such as 'The Manchurian Candidate' and 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind', plus the Turner Prize-nominated portrait of RD Laing, 'All Divided Selves'.
The full programme of events and information on how to buy tickets can be found on the Barbican website. Festival delegates receive a discount on some events.