DC Art Exhibit, ‘Life of a Neuron,’ Brings Scientists and Artists Together for Groundbreaking Collaboration
First exhibit in the world to present an innovative look at the greatest mysteries of the human brain through immersive technology-based art; premieres at ARTECHOUSE DC this fall.
Washington, DC (August 2021) - ARTECHOUSE, the first independent arts organization dedicated to the intersection of art, science and technology, in partnership with the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) and world-renowned scientists and artists, debuts Life of a Neuron. This groundbreaking, immersive exhibit, using decades of neuroscience data and research to explore how the brain shapes the universal human experience, will open to the public on September 27, 2021.
The interactive exhibit brings more than a dozen scientists and artists together to take a multidisciplinary approach to highlight the depth of neuroscience research through art. Visitors will walk through a virtual neuron—the microscopic messengers in the brain managing information transfer and processing—and trace the evolution of scientists’ understanding of this specialized cell, which is considered the key to human existence. In Life of a Neuron, visitors will explore the beauty of that science—and walk away with a profound reminder that humans across the globe share the basic building blocks of existence.
“What’s fascinating and revolutionary about this collaboration and the narrative we are telling with Life of a Neuron is the ability to have the audience experience something that is happening inside all of us,” says Sandro Kereselidze, co-founder of ARTECHOUSE. “It’s an incredible opportunity to visualize and explore the science that we have been collecting for the past 50 years through research and study in a new, artistic way that still speaks to the human experience.”
To create the cutting-edge, futuristic exhibit, scientists and artists worked together to build an accessible, artistic representation of the life of a neuron. An exhibit of this caliber is only possible because of the latest tools and technological capabilities available today. Thanks to the advanced research done by the Society for Neuroscience over the last 50 years and the 21st-century tools available only at ARTECHOUSE, audiences are able to experience what was previously inaccessible. The result is an artistic journey bringing scientific concepts off the page and turning them into a 3D experience illustrating how the mind functions.
“What I find so exciting about this exhibit is that it is the first of its kind to use data like this to bring key neuroscience principles to life,” says John Morrison, Ph.D lead neuroscientist and Director of the California National Primate Research Center. “Through the work of an incredible group of scientists and artists, we’re able to bring to the world artistic interpretations of scientific data and principles to allow the public to experience neuroscience in an entirely different way. It is my hope that this exhibit will spark curiosity in those who see it and inspire them to learn more about the universe between their ears.”
The premier of Life of a Neuron will coincide with the debut of new, immersive technology for ARTECHOUSE’s laser projection system, as cutting edge as technology provides, making it the world’s second largest seamless megapixel count system only behind its sister property, ARTECHOUSE NYC.
Life of a Neuron runs September 27 through November 28, 2021, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, at ARTECHOUSE DC, 1238 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20024. Tickets are $17-24 with special pricing for students, children and families; purchase online.
About The Society for Neuroscience
The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) is an organization of more than 37,000 basic scientists and clinicians who study the brain and the nervous system.
Since its founding in 1969, SfN has played a critical role in supporting the field of neuroscience, with its mission dedicated to advancing and advocating for scientific exchange, supporting diversity and career training, and educating the public about the importance of neuroscience research.
ARTECHOUSE connects audiences to the arts, and stimulates interest in the limitless possibilities of technology, science and creativity, with a mission to inspire, educate, and empower the creation of new, experiential, and exploratory art forms.