Exhibition explores the theory that cognition extends beyond the brain to people’s bodies and objects
An art exhibition inspired by the philosophical concept of the ‘extended mind’ is open at the University’s Talbot Rice Gallery until 1 February 2020. It was produced in partnership with researchers from a three-year AHRC research project, ‘The History of Distributed Cognition’, including Senior Lecturer in Philosophy Mark Sprevak.
The exhibition features 12 international artists, including artwork such as a gold and silver tent by Athens-based Angelo Plessas and two large virtual hands making symbolic gestures by Brussel-based Marjolijn Dijkman.
The exhibition also offers an immersive guided tour through Edinburgh ‘Walk, Hands, Eyes (Edinburgh)’ by French artist and choreographer Miriam Lefkowitz.
The extended mind theory
Philosophers Andy Clark (formerly of the University of Edinburgh) and David Chalmers first developed the idea in the 1990s.
They published the paper ‘The Extended Mind’ in 1998. This paper asked: ‘where does the mind stop, and the rest of the world begin?’.
It questions the boundaries of the brain and technology and how we interact with our surroundings.