Some notes/musings while watching Charlie Rose Brain Series: The Perceiving Brain

The eye is not a camera.

  • How do you present visual images onstage for the eye and not the camera?
  • How to you simulate other parts of the brain through the eyes?

Faces are not easily recognizable upside down.

  • Possible uses, reduce a face to a b/w 2D image and flip it, slowly rotate back to reveal a familiar face.

Places (ie: locations, landscapes), Faces and Bodies have specific, localized receptors in brain.

  • Man with damage to both places sensors can get around in the world, but never knows where he is.

The brain makes guesses, as result it can be deceived.

  • Brain brings to the forefront, discarding the incidental.
  • Could we purposely deceive the beholder’s brain (play with time lapse photography with shifting, processed images)

The elementary beginnings of the creative process is at work in everyone’s brain every time we see.  We constantly “create” our world.


Getting the word out to WordBRIDGE playwrights

As we continue to develop our conversation with how the brain perceives art and why we create art, we are taking a step to get others involved in the conversation.

This January/February, Generous Company, the producing organization behind WordBRIDGE, is presenting a festival focused on how the brain responds to art from January 31st – February 10th at the Baltimore Theatre Project:  Generous Company’s Gumbo: a gumbo of art, music, theatre, mathematics, food, science and conversations.  We will be showing a series of workshop evenings from our development of the beholder’s share, as well as play readings, music, visual art, and a conversation series all curated and focused on the connections between art and perception.

Yesterday we decided to extend an invitation to all WordBRIDGE Playwrights to participate in a one-month hothouse to nurture and generate artistic responses, not finished works, but sketches, to some recent conversations about the brain, perception, and creativity.  The responses will be 1 and 30 minutes in length.  We’re humbled by the talented group of playwrights that have already replied and are excited to have all of their voices involved.  Thank you to the playwrights who we’ve heard from, we hope to hear from even more.

We will announce soon the playwrights who will be showing featured as part of Gumbo.

Stay tuned.

If this project succeeds, it is our hope that these works will be anthologized or made available online so that others may be able to join in on the discussion or contribute their own response and any future proceeds will go to benefit WordBRIDGE Playwrights.