Threshold Worlds is hosting a new interdisciplinary seminar series in collaboration with the Institute for Medical Humanities, ‘Models of the Human’. As part of the series this term, four international scholars representing vastly different disciplines and fields will present their research into human cognition, dreams, art, and society.

Next week, on January 28th from 5-6:30pm (GMT), Professor Peter Schwenger will speak about the art of Gianfranco Baruchello and its depictions of dreamscapes:

While dreams are predominantly visual, they nevertheless elude attempts to depict them in painting. Artists like Salvador Dalí and Paul Delvaux did succeed in creating a mythos of dream—one that is, however, misleading. In contrast, the contemporary artist Gianfranco Baruchello chooses not to depict dreams but to elicit them. He does this by scattering over a white space numerous tiny images: viewers must create their own pathways between these, along with their own associations. Many of Baruchello’s canvases make explicit reference to cognitive and neurological concerns. His paintings, then, are striking examples of what Marco Bernini (2018) has called “innerscapes”: aesthetic works that represent consciousness and influence our investigations into its nature. 

This event and the other talks in the series will take place virtually via Zoom. If you are interested in attending, please email Dr. Marco Bernini (marco.bernini@durham.ac.uk) for the link and passcode.