Artist meets neuroscientist for forum debate

The Bronowski Art & Science Forum begins its 12th year with a nonrehearsed, unscripted conversation between the contemporary artist Roman De Salvo and the renowned neuroscientist Dr. V.S. Ramachandran, director of UCSD’s Center for Brain and Cognition.

The free public event, billed as “an evening for inquisitive minds,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. May 27 at The Neurosciences Institute Auditorium, 1640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, La Jolla.

The men will discuss the commonalities of art and science — creativity, elegance and the sublime. Questions will unfold from the speakers, as well as from attendees who may submit them before the forum through host Ron Newby at

The Bronowski Art & Science Forum honors Jacob Bronowski (1908-1974), a British mathematician, biologist, humanist and an associate director of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies from 1964 to 1974.

Bronowski became familiar to the British public through appearances on the BBC television version of “The Brains Trust” in the late 1950s, but is better known for his 13-part series “The Ascent of Man” (1973) about the history of science and technology.

During the last 11 years, the forum has hosted 110 presentations.

Ramachandran has been called “The Marco Polo of Neuroscience.” His areas of research include cognitive neuroscience, behavioral neurology (the study of cognitive and perceptual deficits in human neurological patients), neural plasticity and “phantom limbs,” stroke rehabilitation, human visual perception/cognition and visual psychophysics.

Ramachandran obtained an M.D. at Stanley Medical College in Madras, India, and a Ph.D. from Trinity College, University of Cam-bridge. Newsweek magazine named him a member of “The Century Club,” one of the 100 most prominent people to watch in the 21st century.

De Salvo is a contemporary American conceptual artist whose sculpture and installations use everyday objects and materials in inventive and unexpected ways. De Salvo’s work combines his interest in craft, technology, language and materials with ever-present attributes of wit and play.

De Salvo received an MFA from UCSD. He has shown professionally throughout the United States and in Europe, including the Whitney Biennial, 2000; Musee d’Art, 2000; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 1996, 2001, 2006; The California Biennial, 2002; Seattle Art Museum, 2003; The Public Art Fund, New York City, 2003; and the Nevada Museum of Art, 2004.

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