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Shezad Dawood + Leah Kelly

The science of nostalgia

Saturday, February 24, 2018
3:00 PM–4:30 PM

Is nostalgia a vice of the aged or a tool to recalibrate our feelings about the present? Peering at our past through rose-tinted glasses, we can often let the fondness for our memories shade our desire to move forward. Artist Shezad Dawood, whose work is currently in the galleries as a part of the exhibition A Lost Future, uses nostalgia of place to develop virtual future realities. Dawood is joined by neuroscientist Leah Kelly to further explore nonlinear narratives and the negative and positive influences of nostalgia.

Brainwave is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


About the Speakers

Photo by Bart Sienkiewicz.

Shezad Dawood works across film, painting, and sculpture to juxtapose discrete systems of image, language, site, and narrative, using the editing process as a method to explore meanings and forms between film and painting. His practice often involves collaboration, working with groups and individuals across different disciplines. These networks map across geographic borders and communities and are particularly concerned with acts of translation and performance.

Dawood was born in London in 1974 and trained at Central St Martin’s and the Royal College of Art before undertaking a PhD at Leeds Metropolitan University. Dawood is a research fellow in experimental media at the University of Westminster. He lives and works in London.

Leah Kelly is a neuroscientist at Rockefeller University. She uses electrophysiology, tracing, and imaging to elucidate how neurons communicate with the rest of the body to regulate appetite and metabolism. She enjoys engaging with artists and has contributed to the works of artists including Pierre Huyghe, Camille Henrot, Alexandre Singh, and Agnieszka Kurant. In 2014, she co-curated Impakt Festival in the Netherlands. Titled “Soft Machines,” the festival explored AI and empathy. She also contributed to the book Experience, published by MIT Press, in which artists, philosophers, anthropologists, historians, and neuroscientists explore aspects of sensorial and cultural realms of experience.

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