Myth, Wagner and the Human Brain

Myth, Wagner and the Human Brain

A colloquium, featuring acclaimed theater and opera director Peter Sellars, world-renowned visual artist Bill Viola, and Antonio Damasio, internationally-renowned nuerologist and neuroscientist as well as Director of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute.

Renowned theatre, opera and film director Peter Sellars has directed more than 100 productions across America and abroad. A visionary force, Sellars is known for innovative re-interpretations of classic works. A graduate of Harvard College, Peter Sellars studied in Japan, China and India before becoming artistic director of the Boston Shakespeare Company. At age 26, he was selected to lead the American National Theatre at the Kennedy Centre in Washington, D.C. Since then he has worked at theatre and opera companies all over the world, and has guided numerous arts festivals. Among his numerous honours are the MacArthur Prize and the Erasmus Prize. 

Internationally recognized artist Bill Viola has been instrumental in the establishment of video as a vital form of contemporary art, and in so doing has helped to greatly expand its scope in terms of technology, content, and historical reach. For over 35 years he has created videotapes, architectural video installations, sound environments, electronic music performances, flat panel video pieces, and works for television broadcast. Viola uses video to explore the phenomena of sense perception as an avenue to self-knowledge. Viola is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1989, Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Government in 2006, and in 2009 the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts, MIT. 

Antonio Damasio is an internationally recognized leader in neuroscience. His research has helped to elucidate the neural basis for the emotions and has shown that emotions play a central role in social cognition and decision-making. His work has also had a major influence on current understanding of the neural systems, which underlie memory, language and consciousness. Damasio directs the newly created USC Brain and Creativity Institute.

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Sun. 5.30.10 3:00 pm $10 $10 $10

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