The UC San Diego Visual Arts Department Presents the Winter 2012 Visiting Artist Lecture Series:
Charles Gaines & Rafael Nunez
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 6:30pm
Warren Lecture Hall, Room 2001
Celebrated conceptual artist and CalArts Professor Charles Gaines engages in a conversation with Dr. Rafael Nunez, Associate Professor of Cognitive Science at UC San Diego. Gaines is featured in ANOMALIA, the upcoming exhibition at the University Art Gallery. The exhibition presents two bodies of work Gaines created in the early 1980s, Landscape: Assorted Trees with Regressions (1981), and Numbers & Trees V (1989). These series investigate the role that systems play in the creation of form and of aesthetic phenomena. Gaines is interested in the role of mathematics as it relations to linguistic development and this relates to Nunez's work around high-level cognitive phenomena such as conceptual systems, abstraction, and inference mechanisms, as they manifest themselves naturally through largely unconscious bodily/mental activity (e.g., gesture production co-produced with conceptual metaphors and blends). Nunez is the director of the Embodied Cognition Laboratory at UCSD, with lab space and members dedicated to investigating how cognition is grounded on the peculiarities, experiences, and limitations of the human body.