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Art + Science panel @ Littman Gallery

January 31 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Cerebral Wilderness by Kindra Crick

WHAT: Art + Science panel with NW Noggin

WHERE: Littman Gallery, Portland State University Smith Center, Room 250, 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon 97207-0751

WHEN: Wednesday, January 31, 6:00 – 8:00pm

For the panel on Art + Science, Kindra Crick will speak with her collaborator at WSU, memory researcher Dr. Harkness, and the arts-integrated neuroscience outreach group NWNoggin, consisting of PSU neuroscientist Dr. Bill Griesar and PSU professor Jeff Leake.

Come for an enlightening discussion about the exhibit, the intersection of art and science, current memory research and sleep


Kindra Crick’s multimedia exhibition explores the intersection between the ‘two cultures’ of science and art that share a common wonder at the creative possibilities which emerge from the cross-pollination of the material and imagined worlds.

Audiences will find themselves enveloped in, and invited to navigate through, an imagined wilderness of the brain within a space filled with LED-illuminated ‘neurons.’ Dendritic arms made of fabric-wrapped wire reach out to create an immersive experience of neuroplasticity. Corseted around each neuron is netted fabric that shimmers in its embrace of the memories held within each synaptic connection. This work was initiated during a NW Noggin collaboration with WSU neuroscientist Dr. John Harkness.

Reflecting on our need for sleep and attempts to capture fleeting sensory experiences is a series of memory-inspired collections and etchings created during Crick’s Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency at the The Sitka Center for Art & Ecology. As a tactile extension of attempting to preserve an ephemeral experience, she includes field journal notes, a collection of woodland material, and captured smells of the Oregon coastal wilderness and Salmon River estuary nearby.

In all her art, Crick wishes to ignite our sense of wonder through immersion, close examination, and exploration.


Exhibition runs January 8 to February 2 with extended hours on February 1st and 2nd for the Portland Winter Light Festival.

The ‘Illuminated Wilderness’ exhibit was funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.


SLIDES (Griesar): Memory and the Brain (ppt)

SLIDES (Griesar): Memory and the Brain (pdf)


More on the NW Noggin collaboration between Kindra Crick and Dr. John Harkness:

Your brain is plastic @ Velo!

From Exploring the Cerebral Wilderness @ Gallery 114 (December, 2016)


January 31
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Portland State University, 1825 SW Broadway Smith Center #250
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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