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City researcher displays surrealist art at solo show in Spain

‘Surrealist Mollerussa’ explores the links between surrealism and cognitive science

by George Wigmore (Senior Communications Officer)

Albert Barqué-Duran, a researcher in the Department of Psychology at City, University of London, is exhibiting his work in a unique solo exhibition in Mollerussa, Spain.

Exploring the similarities between surrealism and cognitive science, the exhibition – which is entitled ‘Surrealist Mollerussa’ and is his first solo show in Spain - explores and proposes a reinterpretation of the surrealist movement through contemporary knowledge about the human mind. Using a mixture of oil painting and photography, the show gives attendees a unique experience of this scientific journey through art.

Basket of CPUsHaving studied for his PhD in Cognitive Science at City, Albert’s combines his research into moral judgment, decision-making and behavioural ethics with his artwork. He has also previously exhibited works inspired by his scientific research in London, Cambridge, Berlin and New York.

Specifically, Albert is interested in the incremental steps arising from present technologies that suggest a need for ethical decision-making capabilities and how the research on human-machine interaction feeds back into humans’ understanding of themselves as moral agents, and of the nature of ethical theory itself.

Albert Barqué-Duran said:

“Inspired by my own scientific research, this exhibition is about journeys, as not only am I returning to my hometown for Christmas following a recent research visit to Harvard University, but the exhibition also explores my own scientific journey through art where I’ve presented what surrealism and cognitive science have in common. As a result, the show explores how surrealism has changed, and provides a contemporary update to bring it in-line with modern neuroscience.”

The exhibition will be opening the 23rd of December 2016 until the 5th of January 2017 at the “Museu de Vestits de Paper” (Catalonia, Spain). Read more

Photo caption: Basket of CPUs, 2016; Oil on canvas (60 x 49.5cm).

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