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Saturday, 6 August 2016

States of Mind: Tracing the edges of consciousness

I enjoyed visiting the Wellcome Collection today to see 'States of Mind: Tracing the edges of consciousness'. This exhibition examines perspectives from artists, psychologists, philosophers and neuroscientists to interrogate our understanding of the conscious experience.

Exploring phenomena such as somnambulism, synaesthesia, and disorders of memory and consciousness, the exhibition examines ideas around the nature of consciousness, and in particular what can happen when our typical conscious experience is interrupted, damaged or undermined.

The States of Mind exhibition enables visitors to explore some of the ideas about the nature of consciousness and, in particular, what happens at the ‘edges of consciousness’, when our typical conscious, or unconscious, experience is disrupted or damaged. The exhibition is organised into four areas, each of which explores a different theme related to consciousness: Science & Soul, Sleep & Awake, Language & Memory, Being & Not Being. Each area features objects, artworks and films, exploring the ideas and work of artists, philosophers, psychologists and neuroscientists.

'States of Mind: Tracing the edges of consciousness' has featured a series of changing installations. The final one is 'Time Present' by Shona Ilingsworth, from 19 July until 16 October. This powerful installation considers the impact of amnesia and the erasure of individual and cultural memory.


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