Neuro Salon (2012)

Georgia Tech Neuro-Humanities Conference and Neuro Salon

Continuing the Salon tradition at Georgia Tech, this event highlights encounters among cognitive science,
neuroscience, biological sciences, and engineering with the humanitities, social sciences, and the arts.

Please download NeuroConference Abstracts.

We have been nominated! The Altanta Science Tavern
has selected the Neuro Salon at a meetup. Here is what they say:

"The Neuro-Salon, which features thought-provoking installations that demonstrate some of the remarkable conceptual collaborations underway between the neuroscience and the liberal arts, will kick off a two-day Neuro Humanities Entanglement Conference organized by Georgia Tech visiting professor and Science Tavern member, Barbara Stafford. This event is free and open to the public."

Opening reception for Vision: I IMAGINE, I SEE, I MAKE. This two-week-long salon will demonstrate how student and faculty creativity at Georgia Tech challenges the divide between engineering, science, and the arts.

Now’s the Time: Unlocking New Universes of the Brain-Mind


neuro salon images


Neuro Salon: Consider Attention

Opening Night April 11, 2012
7 pm to 9:30 pm
Stubbins Studio Gallery, Georgia Tech College of Architecture
Light refreshments will be served
245 Fourth St. NW, Atlanta
Open through April 28, 2012 

7:00 pm - Music performance by the band Qurious

7:30 pm - Reading from the novel, The Tantalus Letters, by Laura Otis (Emory University)

7:45 pm - This Shared Dream: A Reading from a Novel about Neuroplasticity, Memory, and Time, by Kathleen Ann Goonan (Science Fiction Writer and Georgia Tech Visiting Professor, LCC)

Tour and Q&A with Neuro Salon artists.


Opening reception for Vision: I IMAGINE, I SEE, I MAKE. This two-week-long salon will demonstrate how student and faculty creativity at Georgia Tech challenges the divide between engineering, science, and the arts.

Emerging research in the brain sciences has set into motion fundamental questions relating to social, political, aesthetic, and scientific discoveries. This is an exciting research moment because it opens the opportunity for crafting theoretical and practical convergences between major issues that have long bedeviled the Liberal Arts with those arising in the Neurosciences. For example: what does it take to persuade—to move people from one position to another, or to get them to care about an event that never before stirred their interest? The old rhetorical and sociological conundrum of how one spurs a critical mass of people to alter their vision of themselves as individuals is now entangled with neural circuitry, empathetic processing, and legal disputes over conscious actions. Cognition, in short, has been brought into the heart of everyday life. Such new and unusual types of cross-disciplinary engagement offer a bold opportunity to rethink our educational programs and institutions in light of major research initiatives held in common.

To help foster, as well as model, these new kinds of humanities/neurosciences engagements, we are organizing a two-day conference at the Georgia Institute of Technology [Spring 2012] to explore the current state of neuroscience/humanities interactions. The purpose of the conference is to highlight the exciting encounters among cognitive science, neuroscience, biological sciences and engineering with the Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts at the level of key issues we both share.

Topics include: Self-assembling the Self, Mirroring and Social Cognition, Literature and the New Sciences of Human Nature, Hallucinogenics and the Visionary, Brain Imaging and Non-Discursive Media, The Digital Business of  Memory, Attention and Its Disorders, Experience -Driven Media and Devices, Neurophilosopy and the New Spirituality.

A Neuro-Salon--held in conjunction and amplifying the message of the conference by making the conceptual collaborations visible in material objects—is also planned. This second Salon would further the thrust to establish a permanent temporary exhibition space at Georgia Tech that we initiated last year [2010/11] with the inaugural Salon for Vision. [see]. It is hoped these thought-provoking installations will stand at the beginning of a series of interdisciplinary Salons demonstrating the creative and innovative art-science-engineering-technology intersections uniquely possible at Georgia Tech--to broad communities both inside and outside of Georgia Tech.

Both Events are free and open to the Public. No registration required.

For Information  regarding the Neuro Salon and the Neuro-Humantities Entanglement,

Please check for Updates on our Link:
For additional inquiries, contact the Organizer, Dr. Barbara Maria Stafford: [email protected]

Projects on Display at the Neuro-Salon:

image of Hippocampal Memory, installation by Audrius V. Plioplys MD

  • Animapping by Alexandra (Ali) Mazalek, David Spencer, Susan Krause, Steven Jarvis, and Allen Peterson (SCAD and Georgia Tech)
  • Hippocampal Memory by Audrius Plioplys
  • Crystal Palace - Emergent Formations by Daniel Baerlecken, Gernot Riether, Aaron Coffman, Almir Divanovic, Daniel Dixon, Emilio Hernandez, and Cole Loomis
  • Julie by David Bashwiner
  • Incline by Frederick Pearsall and Matthew Swarts
  • A Fraction Away from Understanding - Aude Sapere by Harris Dimitropoulis
  • Vibrating Glove by Jun Ueda
  • A Camera Obscura Installation by James Murray, Patrick Di Rito, and Shota Vashakmadze
  • Consider Attention, salon brochure by Sonit Bafna
  • Consider Attention, salon brochure by Sonit Bafna

Artist:  Audrius V. Plioplys MD
Title:  Hippocampal Memory, 2012

12 feet x 31 feet, with extension onto the ceiling
site-specific installation using fragments of previous art works on canvas

The hippocampus is essential in memory processing. The pattern for the wall installation is based on drawings of the human cerebral cortex, made by the Nobel prize winning neuroscientist, Ramon y Cajal, more than a century ago. Hippocampal neurons and their interconnections will be represented. The thought fragments themselves are from previous large-scale canvas art works, which incorporated my own photographic memories, brain scan images, electroencephalograms, and emergent words, concepts. The canvas works were dry mounted onto boards, and then cut to palm-sized elements. The installation will cover 400 square feet of wall space, and extend onto the ceiling.Over 1,000 thought fragments will be used in this piece.