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16 mar – 10 jun 2019 Exhibition

Brain – wider than the sky

A 500-million-year old brain and a modern brain. Two giant neurons, fragments of an Egyptian papyrus. A painting by Bridget Riley, a brain orchestra, robots… An exciting exhibit about the brain for all ages: the origin of brains, the complexity of the human mind, the challenges of artificial minds.

This exhibition is a unique journey around the brain: its origin, the complexity of the human mind, the challenges of artificial minds. A 500 million-year-old brain, a modern brain, a giant interactive synapse, fragments of an Egyptian papyrus, a painting by artist Bridget Riley, a brain orchestra, robots: interactive activities, historical and paleontological documents, three-dimensional models and infographics combine to produce an exhilarating display for all ages.

Inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poem, The Brain – is wider than the sky, the exhibition opens by presenting the brain with no recourse to scientific information, using dazzling images from Greg Dunn’s Self-Reflected.

The origin and complexity of the brain, and what we know about how it generates some of the characteristics we identify as human – memory, perception, language, emotions – along with diseases that result from the malfunctioning of its different components are explored in two initial parts. The exhibition’s third part addresses brain-machine interface technology and its applications, artificial intelligence and robotics.

Brain – wider than the sky intends to bridge humans and animals, so we may understand our place in nature. Throughout the exhibition this permanent relationship allows visitors to build a narrative that extends from the natural and social sciences to philosophy, the arts and the humanities.


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