Space, Architecture and the Brain

Art and MindIn association with The University of Winchester

with the support of

Arts Council England, The Royal Academy, Royal Institute of British Architects, Winchester City Council, University College London, Artakt, The Arts Catalyst, Studio E Architects


Space, Architecture and the Brain

Where am I? The attempt to answer this question marks the beginning of an extraordinary quest.  The revelatory relationship between architecture and the brain sciences leads us to explore in new ways our immediate surroundings and the spaces we build for ourselves to live, work and play in. It leads on outwards into  the local and then distant environments of the planet and on  to the furthest reaches of the universe.

We believe that you will emerge from this event with a fresh perception of where and how we find ourselves.

ART AND MIND is an arts-science partnership that brings together eminent artists, scientists and thinkers in live performance and discussion to examine the way we experience and create contemporary culture.

Saturday 4 March 2006

Art and Mind in association with Church Colleges Choirs Festival 2006 present

7.30pm  Winchester Cathedral


This large scale concert involving some dramatic elements  will explore the magnificent acoustic space of the cathedral in new and exciting ways.  It will use a choir of over 200 singers and include music by John Tavener, a new commission by June Boyce-Tillman (University of Winchester) exploring peace-making and music and a wide variety of other sacred music performed by the choirs of Church Colleges, Universities from across the UK and local school children.

Friday 10 March


7.30 – 10pm    Session One (£12/£10 con)

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

How a new marriage of science, metaphor and design inspired one of the most original and important gardens of the 21st century.

Charles Jencks, internationally renowned architectural writer and landscape designer.

Zero Gravity: Artists and the experience of weightlessness

Films and presentation by Nicola Triscott, Director of the science-art agency The Arts Catalyst.

Saturday 11 March


11am – 1.30pm  Session Two (£10/£8 con)

From there to here

Extended mind: Evolution of Intelligence and the navigation of our environment.

Dr Mike Wheeler, Philosophy, Stirling


Social evolution: How societies shape and are shaped by space. 

Alan Penn, Professor of Architectural and Urban Computing, The Bartlett, UCL

2.30 – 5pm         Session Three (£10/£8 con)

Building the future: How new materials and a culture of impermanence are re-shaping the way we live.

There’s no such thing as a free lunch

Keynote presentation by John Allen, internationally renowned inventor of Biosphere II and ecosystems engineer.


Sustainable architecture

David Lloyd Jones, acknowledged expert and innovator in energy conscious and sustainable architecture; he designed the first commercial zero-emissions building in the world.

Material future

Iain Borden, Professor of Architecture and Urban Culture, Bartlett, UCL

Panel discussion

Building the Future: how new materials and a culture of impermanence are re-shaping the way we live.

John Allen, David Lloyd Jones, Iain Borden

Chair: Dr Dylan Evans, Lecturer, Intelligent Autonomous Systems, University of the West of England

7 – 10pm              Session Four (£12/£10 con)


by Tom Stoppard

A full performance by the acclaimed Hampstead Players of Stoppard’s ground breaking play.  Against the background of changing garden design and a 180 year leap in time, Arcadia deals with science, art, places and people and how our attitudes to them  are changed by history, ambition and sex.

Sunday 12 March


11am – 1.30pm            Session Five (£10/£8 con)

Function and dysfunction: Mind space – The architecture of wellbeing

Dr John Zeisal, Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture


Home space: Re-inventing Kitchen Culture

Johnny Grey, architect and internationally renowned kitchen designer

2.30 – 5pm       Session Six (£10/£8 con)

Where and how we find ourselves: The space between our ears

How our brain interprets what we see

Michael Morgan, Applied Vision Research Centre, City University, London


Royal Academy Forum

Does architecture oppress or liberate?

A debate on the power of design to engage or dictate

Will Alsop RA (architect)   Bryan Appleyard (cultural critic)

John Zeisal (psychologist)   Michael Morgan (scientist)

Chair: Royal Academy

Art and Mind

In association with the Winchester Year of Sculpture



An exhibition of work by

Andrew Carnie

the first floor of the City Church at 30-31 Jewry Street, Winchester

Friday 10th – Saturday 18 March, Daily 11am – 6pm (Sunday 12, 1 – 6 pm)

Andrew Carnie will be speaking about his work (1 – 2pm on Saturday 11 and Saturday 18 March)

Andrew Carnie has worked with scientists from many different fields.  Questions raised by his work include ‘how do we see ourselves through science and scientific image making?’, and ‘what is the ‘place’ or ‘space’ where the ‘self’ is created.  Andrew has a particular interest in the architecture of the body and the brain.  The exhibition offers a chance to see a number of works   relating to these themes.

Andrew has had recent shows in the Science Museum, London. the Design Museum Zurich, and the Natural History Museum, Rotterdam

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