>From: tina gonsalves <tina@TINAGONSALVES.COM>
>Subject:Tina Gonsalves, Chameleon Project, Natural History Museum.
>After Darwin: Contemporary Expressions
>Natural History Museum, Jerwood Gallery, London
>After Darwin: Contemporary Expressions will
>feature work from artists and writers who
>explore Charles Darwin's book The Expression of
>the Emotions in Man and Animals in which Darwin
>examined the continuity of emotional states of
>animals and humans.
>Tina Gonsalves will be exhibiting the Chameleon
>Project, prototype 06, a 12 channel video work
>exploring emotional contagion. New film and
>installation commissions from Diana Thater,
>Jeremy Deller and Matthew Killip in
>collaboration with Richard Wiseman will be shown
>alongside existing video work by Bill Viola. New
>literature, commissioned from award-winning
>authors Mark Haddon and Darwin's
>great-great-granddaughter, Ruth Padel, will also
>form part of the exhibition. These works
>investigate today's cultural perspectives on
>human-animal kinship and the study of emotional
>expressions and offer a contemporary take on
>Darwin's challenge to the place humans occupy in
>A publication, Expressions: From Darwin to
>Contemporary Arts will accompany the exhibition.
>It features new writing by Swedish author Aris
>Fioretos, essays from Julia Voss, Jonah Lehrer
>and a response to Mark Haddon's work by leading
>neuroscientist António Damásio as well as
>information on all the works in the exhibition.
>The Chameleon Project (2008-2010), built over
>ten prototypes, is a collaboration between
>artist Tina Gonsalves, neuroscientists Chris
>Frith and Hugo Critchley, affective computing
>scientists Rosalind Picard and Rana El Kaliouby,
>human computer interaction scientist Nadia
>Berthouze and curator Helen Sloan. Chameleon
>investigates the scientific foundations of
>emotional contagion, transforming it into an art
>experience. The project follows and critiques
>the scientific methodology, creating scientific
>and artistic research, as well as new models to
>be used in scientific experiments, and new ways
>to experience art.
>The Chameleon Project has been supported by the
>Wellcome Trust, Australia Council for the Arts,
>Australian Network for Art and Technology
>Synapse Residency, Arts Council England,
>Lighthouse, The Wellcome Department of
>Neuroimaging, The MIT Media Lab and Banff New
>Media Institute and SCAN.
>Tina Gonsalves creative investigations integrate
>art, science and technology to produce embodied,
>interactive, audiovisual works that offer new
>ways of experiencing the connection between our
>'internal' body and its external environment.
>She is currently honorary artist in residence at
>the Institute of Neurology, UK, visiting artist
>at the MIT Media Lab, USA and artist in
>residence at the Nokia Research Labs, Finland.
>Admission: adult, Gift Aid admission £6*
> concession, Gift Aid admission £4*
> child, Gift Aid admission £3*
> family, Gift Aid admission £16*
>Date: 26 June - 29 November 2009
>Venue: the Natural History Museum, Jerwood Gallery
>Opening hours: every day, 10.00-17.50
>Visitor enquiries: 020 7942 5000
>Monday-Friday, 020 7942 5011 Saturday-Sunday
>*If you are a UK taxpayer and pay the Gift Aid
>admission ticket price this allows the Natural
>History Museum to reclaim the tax on the whole
>ticket price you pay. For every £100 worth of
>tickets sold, we can claim an extra £28 from the
>Government. This means you can further support
>the work of the Natural History Museum. The
>standard admission charges are: adult £5.40,
>child £2.50, adult senior £3.50 and family £14.
>The right of entry is the same for visitors with
>or without the voluntary donation.
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