VISION :: IMAGE AND THE BRAIN :: Scientific symposium
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19 Oct. 2002
20 Oct. 2002
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Jaroslav Andel
Independent Curator, New York
Jan Evangelista Purkinje and the Emergence of Neuroscience, Modern Art, and New Media
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The work of Jan Evangelista Purkinje (1787-1869), especially his study of subjective visual phenomena, was recently identified with the dawning of neuroscience (Wade and Brozek, 2001). But Purkinje's observations and experiments also foreshadowed the rise of modern art and new media such as cinema. For instance, in the 1820s and 1830s, he analysed the role of frame and texture in the perception of a painting as an object and representation, which was used by the Impressionists several decades later. He also described abstract art and predicted its future boom as early as 1819. In 1865 he envisioned the medium of cinema and its wide range of applications. While overlooked or forgotten, these Purkinje's groundbreaking contributions demonstrate how the emerging fields of neuroscience, modern art and new media were interconnected.

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