Opening & Artist Talk: Keepsake, with Clara Santamaria & Jonathan Sparks
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 09/01/2017
Uploaded: 11/17/2017
Uploaded by: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
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Tags: cognition, installation, learning, LED, memory, Sculpture

Description/Abstract: Opening & Artist Talk: Keepsake, with Clara Santamaria & Jonathan Sparks, Thursday, 9/7, 6-8pm

Please join artists Clara Santamaria and Jonathan Sparks as they launch their work and discuss the interplay between memory and learning.

Keepsake is an interactive installation by Clara Santamaria and Jonathan Sparks that evokes the way memories are recalled in the brain. The artists were inspired by how our brains remember and learn--and by the fact that, when we recall something, we literally light a path in our brains. Keepsake represents a neural network through movement of light in the web-like sculpture.

The structure, which spans the hallway, was influenced by the look and feel of neurons. It comprises 400+ linear feet of acrylic tubes, each with programmable LED lights. The buttons, when pressed, trigger a memory and light up the path in the brain.

Clara Santamaria is an artist and designer, originally from Colombia. Jonathan Sparks is an artist and musician from Connecticut. Both artists are graduates from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU and are based in Brooklyn, New York.

Where: Offit Gallery

Keepsake is on display in the Offit Gallery, third floor, through Fall 2017.