Experiential Knowledge Special Interest Group


Keynote Speaker 1:

Professor John Onians, University of East Anglia, UK

‘Sources of creativity in the ultimate design studio, the brain’

Artists and designers have long been aware that many of their best ideas are not the product of conscious reflection but surface spontaneously as they work.  Today neuroscience helps us to understand some of the sources of this phenomenon.  This talk will offer a view of the neural mechanisms involved and present various examples of their operation taken from different periods and different fields of art and design.

John Onians BA, PhD, FSA is Emeritus Professor in the School of World Art Studies at the University of East Anglia, and he has held research fellowships in France, Germany, New Zealand and the United States. He was founding editor of the journal Art history (1978) and edited the first Atlas of world art (2004). His most recent book is Neuroarthistory. From Aristotle and Pliny to Baxandall and Zeki (2007). His interest in the brain was first sparked by the work of his teacher, Ernst Gombrich, and is now leading him to apply a  neural approach to the art, first of Europe and then of the world.

experiential knowledge, method & methodology

International Conference 2009 of the DRS Special Interest Group      on Experiential Knowledge

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