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GoMA Talks Art and the imagination | What makes creative minds tick?

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Published on Aug 19, 2011

Entertaining evening discussions exploring the mind, imagination and art. During 'Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams', the evening discussion program GoMA Talks explores the mind, imagination and art from a range of perspectives. How is the mind's capacity evolving? What roles do philosophy, medicine and art play in the continuing advancement of the mind, and what are the new tools, research and ideas enabling innovation?

Amanda Smith (Host) | Amanda is the presenter of ABC Radio National's Artworks program, which features interviews with performing and visual artists, writers, critics and curators on current cultural issues. Smith joined the ABC in 1991, after spending ten years working as an arts administrator. During this time, she served on the board of Chamber Made Opera, and the Victorian Council of the Arts. She is a graduate of the Dance School of the Victorian College of the Arts and has a degree in Classics and a graduate diploma in Australian Studies from the University of Melbourne.

Philip Brophy | Philip works across art, film and music. Since the early 1980s, his experimental mixed-media works have been exhibited in a variety of contexts, including live performance, film scores, video and animation. Brophy's work is often concerned with transitional states, making links between the tangible and intangible, the intellectual and visceral. His recent projects include the four-screen quadraphonic animation series 10 Flaming Youths, 2010. Brophy has curated events, exhibitions and film programs and published internationally in magazines such as The Wire, London.

Dr Jason Gallate | Jason is a neuroscientist and registered psychologist whose research into creativity focuses on innovation and the importance of nonconscious processing. Far from being a theoretical career, Gallate engages in exploring creativity passionately in many forms and believes that it enlivens every facet of life. He has worked in the field of creativity for several years, and recently published a chapter on 'Intuition' for the 2011 edition of the Encyclopaedia of Creativity (Elsevier). Gallate is currently affiliated with the University of Sydney Business School, and teaches Innovation in their Global Executive MBA.

Fiona Hall | Fiona is one of Australia's leading contemporary artists. Using a dazzling variety of materials in her complex, imaginative and often surprising works, Hall's broad-ranging practice includes major public commissions and projects that have embraced a range of media, and have increasingly engaged with themes of ecology, history and the effects of globalisation. In addition to her works held in public and private collections across Australia, her major commission Out of mind, is a four storey high work commissioned in 2007 by the Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

Dr Damon Young | Damon is a philosopher and writer, and the author of Distraction (2008), an exploration of human freedom, and what helps or hinders it in art, politics, work, technology and intimacy. Damon's opinion and features have been published in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, BBC and ABC. He has also published short fiction and poetry. Young comments regularly on radio, is a monthly guest on 'Sunday Mornings' with Alan Brough on ABC Melbourne 774.

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