Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature
  • Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature
  • Lecture
  • 11/16/2015
  • 18:00-19:00
  • The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
  • Host: School of Architecture, Design & Planning, Spencer Museum of Art
Event Description
How do people experience art and why does it matter? Drawing on research from his new book Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature, philosopher and cognitive scientist Alva Noë makes the case for thinking of works of art as tools for investigating and reorganizing ourselves. Citing provocative examples from philosophy, art history, and cognitive science, Noë offers new answers to questions about the nature of art and its capacity as a philosophical practice. Noë works on the nature of the mind and human experience. He is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is also a member of the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Center for New Media. Noë is a 2012 recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and has served as philosopher-in-residence with the Forsythe Dance Company in Dresden, Germany. He is the author of several books and is a weekly contributor to National Public Radio's science blog 13.7: Cosmos and Culture. Book-signing and reception immediately following.