Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Family-Friendly Lecture/Workshop This Saturday

Site Projects, with support from The Arts Council of Greater New Haven and its Reintegrate project, is offering two free lecture/workshops this month to celebrate the 2013 public art commission Night Rainbow / Global Rainbow New Haven.  Yvette Mattern is the artist behind Night Rainbow / Global Rainbow New Haven, which is a laser light sculpture that will light the skies of New Haven from dusk to 1 a.m. April 24-April 27, 2013. 

The community is encouraged to participate in the public art project in a variety of ways, including attending these free lecture/workshops designed for all ages.

The first lecture/workshop will take place on Saturday, April 20th at 4 p.m. at the Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop, 915 Whitney Avenue, Hamden. Yale Professor of Psychology Martin Chun, PhD, will give an accessible lecture about human perception titled “The Science of Art: How does color affect human perception?”

“I am a cognitive neuroscientist with research interests in visual attention, memory, and perception. My lab employs neuroimaging (fMRI) and behavioral techniques to study how people perceive and remember visual information. Our work in visual attention explores why people can consciously perceive only a small portion of all of the sensory information coming through the eyes.” Chun says on his Yale faculty member page.

An all-ages workshop will follow immediately after the lecture. The hands-on activity of making Benham wheels will produce spinning tops with specific black and white patterns that create an optical illusion of color when spun.