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Date(s) – 11/16/2012
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

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School of Visual Arts Theatre

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IMAGINE CONSCIOUSNESS

In collaboration with Neuwrite
Friday, November 16, 2012 7:30pm | » $15 (TICKETS ON SALE)

A premier selection of short films addressing the subject of consciousness and imagination. Through these works we examine the age-old struggle to define human consciousness, from Aristotle and Plato to Einstein and modern philosophers. This unique selection from international film-makers looks at what it is that makes us human and the role of imagination in propelling conscious thought.

—SHORT FILM PROGRAM—
Amygdala
Anosmia
The Biological Advantage of Being Awestruck
How To Eat Your Own (Chocolate) Brain!
The Centrifuge Brain Project
In Dreams
Limbic
Love Competition
Motion Painting
My Mind’s Eye
Remains
Visions
Soft Sciences
Schizophrenia
I Do Not Know Who I am
The Human Factor

—PANEL —

With filmmakers, scientists and artists, we will discuss the age-old struggle to define human consciousness. What it is that makes us human and the role of imagination in propelling conscious thought and what scientific and narrative tools exist to express consciousness in scientific research, visual arts and film. This panel will the closing act of the 5th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival, celebrating our 5 years trying to bridge the divide between art and science through the film medium.

Stuart Firestein // Neuroscientist, Chair of Columbia University’s Department of Biological Sciences

Dr. Stuart Firestein studies the vertebrate olfactory receptor neuron as a model for investigating general principles and mechanisms of “signal transduction” — the ways in which chemicals, such as neurotransmitters, hormones, and peptides with membrane receptors, exert their influence in the brain and nervous system. He hypothesizes that the olfactory neuron is uniquely suited for these studies since it is designed specifically for the detection and discrimination of a wide variety of small organic molecules, i.e. odors.
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Walter Murch // Sound designer, Film Editor, Writer

Walter Murch is an American film editor and sound designer. He has won three Oscars. He has been nominated in sound and or editing categories eight times. His films include Apocalypse Now, all three Godfather films, The English Patient, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Ghost and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Murch is a man of many interests. He composes music, translates Italian poetry in his spare time and if you spend enough time with him, you’re likely to hear him quote French philosophers or string theorists. But his definition of what he does is simple. Murch is currently working on a feature documentary, Particle Fever, about CERN’s Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland.
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Joseph LeDoux // Neuroscientist, Musician

Joseph LeDoux is a Professor and Member of the Center for Neural Science and Department of Psychology NYU. His work is focused on the brain mechanisms of emotion and memory. In addition to articles in scholarly journals, he is author of “The Emotional Brain: The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life” and “Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are.” He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a fellow of the New York Academy of Science, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science, and the recipient of the 2005 Fyssen International Prize in Cognitive Science. LeDoux is also a singer and songwriter in the rock band, The Amygdaloids.
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Catherine Chalmers // Photographer, Artist

Catherine Chalmers holds a B.S. in Engineering from Stanford University and an M.F.A. in Painting from the Royal College of Art in London. She has exhibited her artwork around the world, including MoMA P.S.1, New York; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC; Kunsthalle Basel; Kunsthalle Vienna; MOCA Taipei; among others. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Time Out New York, ArtNews and Artforum. She has been featured on PBS, CNN, NPR, and the BBC. Two books have been published on her work: FOOD CHAIN (Aperture 2000) and AMERICAN COCKROACH (Aperture 2004). Her video “Safari” received a Jury Award (Best Experimental Short) at SXSW Film Festival in 2008. In 2010 Chalmers received at Guggenheim Fellowship. She was an Artist-in-Resident at Pilchuck Glass School in the summer of 2011 and is currently an Artist-in-Resident at Imagine Science Films, an organization focused on the intersection of science, film and art. Chalmers lives and works in New York City.
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Moderated by:

Carl Zimmer // Popular science writer and blogger

Carl Zimmer is a science writer, especially regarding the study of evolution and parasites. The New York Times Book Review calls Carl Zimmer “as fine a science essayist as we have.” In his books, essays, articles, and blog posts, Zimmer reports from the frontiers of biology, where scientists are expanding our understanding of life. He has written several books and contributes science essays to publications such as The New York Times and Discover. He is a popular speaker at universities, medical schools, museums, and festivals, and he is also a guest on radio programs such as Radio Lab and This American Life.

—VENUE—
School of Visual Arts Theatre | Manhattan
333 West 23rd Street New York, NY 10011
C,E to 23rd Street (at 8th Avenue) / 1 to 23rd Street (at Seventh Avenue)

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