At ONI we are democratizing scientific exploration, focusing on life's finest details to resolve some of the world's biggest challenges. We want to trigger a movement to democratize science that uses visual art to make science accessible and open to everyone.
As part of our mission, we have set up the ONI Artist in Residence (AIR) program to reunite art and science and use cutting-edge technology to reveal the truths of the natural world. We anticipate this program will help large audiences engage with art and science in a new way and to have a meaningful lasting impact on society.
For the 2019 ONI AIR program we have chosen to focus on the human brain and are working on an exhibit around the latest research in neuroscience. Keep an eye on this website as we will be revealing more details as the AIR program advances.
The relationship between art and science dates to the early days of civilization; the discovery of fire allowed art in prehistoric caves, while ancient Greeks used art to study the human body and planet earth. In the 15th century, Leonardo da Vinci fused art and natural philosophy (the precursor of modern science) with drawings that accurately documented human anatomy. In the 17th century, Robert Hooke's beautiful drawings revealed the world of microscopic life for the first time. Industrial revolution and subsequent specialization influenced both artists and scientists, and led to their separation, making art and science two independent and almost-opposite disciplines in modern age. With the ONI AIR program, we are reuniting art and science using the latest technologies available to both disciplines.
The 2019 ONI Artists in Residence are London-based artists Shuster + Moseley, a conceptual art studio whose work reflects on consciousness and technology. The artists are represented by MTArt Agency, an award winning talent agency which represents the top visual artists. Shuster + Moseley previously collaborated with scientists for "What matters", part of Lumiere Durham 2017.
Filmmaker Guy Loftus from Tabac Creative is documenting the AIR process and meetings between artists and scientist. We will present a 10-minute video showing the process behind the creation of the artwork that will feature in the exhibit and media channels.
We have enlisted a team of world-leading scientists: London-based Prof Bart De Strooper, Cambridge-based Dr Gabrielle Kaminski and Prof Clemens Kaminski, and Oxford-based Dr Hazel Hall-Roberts. Our collaborators work on different aspects of neuroscience research and are working with us to ensure that the exhibit illustrates the molecular hallmarks of brain function and dysfunction, and some of the latest technology-driven brain research.
The artists R&D phase at ONI ended in mid-June 2019. Shuster + Moseley collaborate with glass blowers, a team of installers and specialist art riggers and engineers, which have led several high-profile public projects and artworks. They have all taken part in the R&D phase. Fabrication of the artwork will begin in November-December 2019, we are seeking to collaborate with charities and not-for-profit organizations to ensure we can reach millions and make the project come to life.
The exhibition is scheduled to take place between March and July 2020, touring around the UK until 2021. The venues are yet to be confirmed and will be announced in our social media channels and this website soon!
The Brain Gazing team is happy to help with questions or feedback