GV Art & Mind Symposium 15: Daniel Glaser

To view a film and report by Tom Jeffries, editor of Wild Culture, of Dan Glaser’s presentation please click on the link below:


Is finding Art useful a problem?         12 March 2013

Dr Daniel Glaser

Dan is Head of Engaging Science at Wellcome Trust and soon to be Director of Science Engagement at the King’s Cultural Institute, KCL. His scientific background involves brain imaging of the visual system. In 2002 he was appointed ‘Scientist in Residence’ at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and in 2005 received a Cultural Leadership Award from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA). He has presented a television series for the BBC and co-chairs the Café Scientifique at the Photographers’ Gallery.

Dan has written this short introduction to his presentation:
People have appealed to art to bolster the creative economy, open up science to ever wider publics and heal the sick (among other miracles). Other people worry about creeping instrumentalism undermining the practice of art for art’s sake. Particularly when art is supported by science funding organisations, whether directly or indirectly, these questions can become quite heated. I will attempt to shed some light drawing on examples from my time at Wellcome Trust and beyond.

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