On May 9, 2018, guests gathered at the Hammer Museum to hear a conversation between Dr. Eric Kandel of Columbia University and Los Angeles artist Kerry Tribe. Beginning with a cocktail reception, the event featured presentations from the two trailblazers, who find commonality at the intersection of art and neuroscience.
Dr. Kandel gave an overview of his Nobel Prize-winning research, focused on the sea slug Aplysia, in which he discovered the central role synapses play in memory and learning. His recent research builds on the concept that art is incomplete without the direct involvement of the viewer (called the beholder’s share), and the cognitive psychology of visual perception. “Successful abstract art recruits you to fill in the details,” Dr. Kandel said. “Art invites the viewers’ participation and is complete when people see it and respond to it.” He currently seeks to develop a cognitive neuroscience of the brain activity behind the beholder’s share. “It’s a completely different dimension of creativity that perhaps someday we’ll be able to understand neurobiologically,” he said.
Tribe, whose work lies at the intersection of art, medicine and neuroscience, shared details about the process she used to create some of her installations. Tribe explained that the notion of the beholder’s share is critical to her work and practice.
The evening was hosted by Dr. Kelsey C. Martin, dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Gerald S. Levey, M.D., Endowed Chair; Dr. Eric Esrailian (FEL ’06), The Lincy Foundation Chair in Clinical Gastroenterology and co-chief of the UCLA Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases; and Dr. S. Lawrence Zipursky, Jerome J. Belzer Chair for Medical Research and Distinguished Professor in Biological Chemistry.
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