PRINT Summer 2006

Art and the New Biology of Mind

Jonathan Gilmore

This week, the editors revisit Jonathan Gilmore’s “Brain Trust: On Art and the New Biology of Mind,” from Artforum’s Summer 2006 issue. “Galaxy Brain,” a new essay by Erik Morse on the subject of neuroaesthetics, is now up on Artforum.com.

Art and neurobiology may not initially seem like the cuddliest of bedfellows, yet every aesthetic act from creation to appreciation is a production of both the mind and the body. “What we take to be a passive operation of the eyes belongs to an active brain that determines which features of what is registered on the retina will form the content of one’s