States of Mind: Tracing the Edges of Consciousness
18 January 2016
Wellcome Collection opens the second part of a year-long exploration into human consciousness on 4 February 2016. ‘States of Mind: Tracing the Edges of Consciousness’ examines the universal, yet mysterious, topic of conscious experience. This major exhibition brings together artists, psychologists, philosophers and neuroscientists to investigate the terrain between consciousness and unconsciousness and will feature historical material, objects, artworks and an evolving programme of contemporary art installations.
Following on from Ann Veronica Janssens’ disorientating mist installation ‘yellowbluepink’ which probed the nature of individual perception, ‘States of Mind’ further questions the reliability of our inner world and subjective experience. The show explores phenomena such as synaesthesia, sleepwalking, memory loss and anaesthesia, and examines what happens when our conscious experience is undermined through dysfunctional experiences of perception or through loss of consciousness.