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Woven Faces: Mapping the Emotional Brain

Lia Cook

A collaborative project with selected neuroscientists to explore the nature of the emotional response to woven faces.

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"Woven Faces: Mapping the Emotional Brain" is a collaborative project with selected neuroscientists to explore the nature of the emotional response to physical tactile quality of woven faces. Using the imaging tools of the neuroscience laboratory and direct behavioral studies, I am pursuing both scientific answers and artistic response to the research process. The completed project will include large-scale woven faces, video animation, process documentation and public participation within the exhibition.  

I see a great deal of interest at this time by the public in neuroscience and the brain.There is also a growing recognition of the importance of the handmade, craft and textiles, weaving, knitting, etc. Highlighting connections between the brain, emotion and the tactile handmade through scientific investigation and art will be of increasing interest to the public.

During the last two years, I have made successful efforts to meet with interested neuroscientists to plan the project and form working groups. I have several on going contributing studies in place and a traveling exhibition that highlights some of this ongoing work  

The research will culminate in a final exhibition that explores the connection between neuroscience research and art expression in depth and in a manner that engages the general public. The completed project will include large-scale woven faces, video animation, process documentation and public participation within the exhibition itself.