Events | Wired to Create: On the Cusp of Genius

‘Wired to Create: On the Cusp of Genius.’

  • Location: Soho House, Evliya Çelebi Mahallesi, 34430 Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey
  • Date: 27.03.18 | 7:30pm
  • Book Now: Please note that this is a Soho House members only event unless a guest of Nick Nelson at Arcadia Education

‘Wired to Create’ – An Illustrated Talk on Neuroaesthetics by Nick Nelson, Director of Arcadia Education UK.

This illustrated talk investigates the interaction between the brain and nervous system within the realm of the Arts. Perception and memory are often keyways to creativity in painting, music and literature. This is subject to a unique wiring of the right and left hemispheres of the brain, which allows access to reserves of creativity in the prefrontal cortex in particular. A treatise on the ‘Genetic Studies of Genius’ by Lewis Terman has provided a rationale for genius by tracing lineage. More recently this culminated in ‘The Leonardo Project’ aimed at tracing genealogy in the consummate Renaissance Man. In tracking down da Vinci’s DNA and scrutinising his genetic make-up, specialists intend to replicate or clone his posthumous precocity. Recent claims such as David Eagleman’s ‘The Runaway Species’ attempt to define how human creativity remakes the world, serving as the basis for a recent neuroaesthetic debates on how there is such a fine line between genius and madness. Autistic artist Stephen Wiltshire and blind autistic savant jazz pianist Derek Paravicini make for fascinating paradigms in investigating the phenomenon of genius. What is the ‘Mozart effect’ or Musicolepsia? How does Autism Spectrum manifest itself? And why do artistic practitioners hit optimum prolificacy during their darkest hour? Come and find out and enjoy the debate!

For event information and booking, please contact: 

Esra Salebci | Events Programming Manager

Soho House Istanbul Evliya Çelebi Mah. Meşrutiyet Cad. No:56 Beyoğlu, İstanbul/ Turkey 34430