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Richard Gregory, BVI inspiration

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'Glitch' bench, Impossible Garden exhibit

Luke Jerram, 'Exploring the Edges of Perception'

16 October 2018

With the autumn term now in full swing, we wanted to share details of various seminars and events we have planned and encourage those interested in the world of vision to come along and be inspired!

BVI Seminars

We are delighted to introduce a full programme of seminars, running from October 2018 to June 2019. We will be welcoming a broad range of speakers from across the UK and abroad, who will be sharing their expertise in the field of vision.

We launch our programme for the autumn term on Friday 26th October, with a seminar given by University of Bristol’s Head of Film and Television, Dr Kristian Moen. Entitled ‘Watching Animation in New York’, this illustrated talk will examine how motion was used in New York’s lively visual culture and is bound to be a treat for the senses! 

And do you want to know more about what BVI does? Then the ‘Welcome to BVI’ seminar, led by BVI professors, will showcase why BVI is recognised as a world leader in vision research. Throughout the year, we will be hearing about spatial processing in hawkmoth vision, the dynamics of live audiences and a journey into the fine-grained perspective of object interactions from first-person views, with much more detail to be shared soon.

Please take look at the full programme. Seminars take place on alternate Fridays, between 4.00-5.00pm and are followed by a drinks and nibbles reception. This term they will take place in the Merchant Venturers Building. Email to receive event alerts.

The Impossible Garden

Launched in the summer, this highly popular exhibition at the University of Bristol’s Botanic Garden, has welcomed over 15,000 visitors and we encourage staff, students, family and friends to go along before it closes on 25th November.

Created to help visitors see the world from a different perspective, this unique collaboration with Luke Jerram, University Hospital Bristol, the Botanic Garden and BVI is both fun and engaging. Visitors are guided around the garden and discover twelve exhibits which challenge their perceptions. They were created post Luke’s residency at the Bristol Eye Hospital, where he spent time with both visually impaired children and BVI researchers.  Find out more here.

Richard Gregory Memorial Lecture

Taking place on Tuesday 13th November, this year’s lecture ‘Exploring the Edges of Perception’ will be given by artist Luke Jerram. This annual talk in memory of BVI’s inspiration, Richard Gregory, is free to attend but registration is required.

Luke’s first artwork Retinal Memory Volume” was inspired by Richard Gregory’s book “Eye and Brain”. During the lecture, he will talk through the principles and inspiration behind many of his artworks, including of course, The Impossible Garden and the Museum of the Moon which resided in Wills Memorial Building last year.

There will be a drinks reception afterwards.

We look forward to welcoming you to these events. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for further updates.

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