Where is the Brainbody in the Stories of Curation?

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Exhibitions about brain science are not transparent environments. They are rather dissemination practices where cultural assumptions and social relations are enacted through the brainbody as a site of and for meaning-making activity.
The brainbody is a term used in feminist and critical theory to consider how neurological bodies are entangled with social, political and cultural structures. As a critical tool for thinking about the situatedness of cognition and embodiments of the brain, this paper explores how the brainbody takes shape through differing mechanisms of curation, display and visitor engagement. It does this through a critically discursive analysis of three specific examples of exhibition curation: Brain: The World Inside Your Head (2001), States of Mind: Tracing the Edges of Consciousness (2015-2016) and Brain Diaries: Modern Neuroscience in Action (2017).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransimage 2018
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 5th Biennial Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference 2018
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2018
EventInternational Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging: The Latent Image - University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Apr 201820 Apr 2018
Conference number: 5
https://transimage2018.net (Link to Conference Website)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging
Abbreviated titleTransImage 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
OtherA catalyst for debates about sonic images, invisible networks and relationships between intuition and intelligibility, this conference will raise quantitative and qualitative questions important to any discipline predicated on image production.
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