Suzanne Anker, chair of the BFA Fine Arts Department, was the keynote speaker at last month’s Imagining Imagination International Conference, which took place at the Royal College of Art in London. Her presentation, Between Awe and Artifice: Welcome to Wonderland, capped off the two-day symposium, which examined how culture informs creativity, and included renowned speakers and researchers from all over the world.
BFA Fine Arts Department faculty member Dr. Sabine Flach, one of the organizers of the event, said it “covered the full range of disciplines that do research in the area of mental images, including medicine, psychology, literature, art history and music.” Anker’s lecture contributed to the overall success of the conference, Flach added. “Her expertise as an international, well known artist and theorist was absolutely necessary for the conference, and we were happy and honored that she accepted our invitation to speak.”
While in Europe, Anker also stopped at the Pera Museum in Istanbul to take part in the Suna Kirac Conferences on Neurodegeneration: Recent Themes in Motor Neuron Biology and Neurodegeneration. There she delivered a talk entitled Fundamentally Human: Contemporary Art and Neuroscience, which corresponded with a show she recently curated for the museum and explored the ways in which science and technology relate to perception and expression.