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Fall 2014 Events

Magic and the Brain

October 9, 7:00
Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall
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Prepare for an exciting evening of magic and mental jujitsu. “Magic and the Brain” features renowned neuroscientists Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde, the founders of the new discipline of neuromagic and authors of the book Sleights of Mind. Understanding how our minds operate with magic can reveal how our brains work in everyday situations. Early neuromagic research also points to new approaches in a wide range of disciplines, from the diagnosis of autism to marketing techniques and education.

Macknik and Martinez-Conde researched some of the world’s greatest magicians to see what techniques they used to trick the brain. They explored how magic tricks work and how our brain is led to believe the impossible.

This is the first event hosted by the new Collaborative for Applied Perceptual Research and Innovation (CAPRI). Macknik and Martinez-Conde will present from 7-8 p.m. in the Abramson Family Recital Hall. After the presentation, interactive demonstrations will take place in the Katzen Arts Center Rotunda that showcase innovation and technology research at AU that blend scientific research, art, and experimental technology.

The event is open to people of all ages. For more information about Macknik and Martinez-Conde, visit www.sleightsofmind.com.

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Sounding Movement: Cross-mappings in Music and Dance

December 7, 3:00
Katzen Arts Center, Studio Theatre

Experience groundbreaking new connections in technology, art, movement, and sound. 

Nancy Snider Dancer Mirenka Cechova, computer musician/software designer William Brent, and cellist NJ Snider will discuss technological and aesthetic considerations behind their new dance theatre work. The piece relies on custom technology to create relationships between physical movement, acoustic/computer-generated sound, and real-time video manipulation. In parallel with the traditional dialog between dancer and musician, the work introduces additional dialogs with phantom (recorded) representations of the dancer and 'cellist. Various aspects of the 'cellist's playing, such as pitch, loudness, and liveliness, control video of the dancer in real-time. Similarly, aspects of the dancer's movement control 'cello sounds in a surround sound environment. This requires that the cellist learn to "play" video and the dancer learn to "play" sound in a performance context where new relationships between movement and sound are constantly introduced and destabilized.

Cechova, Brent, and Snider will discuss their work at 3 p.m. in the Katzen Arts Center Studio Theatre (room 154). An excerpt of the piece will be performed after the lecture.

This is the second event hosted by the new Collaborative for Applied Perceptual Research and Innovation (CAPRI). After the performance, interactive demonstrations will take place in the Katzen Arts Center Rotunda. The demonstrations showcase innovation and technology research at AU that blend scientific research, art, and experimental technology.

The event is open to the public.