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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

The Eye and Lumiere 2013

16th November 2013, 15:00 to 16:00, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University


The Biophysical Sciences Institute (BSI) hosts a programme of events that cover the spectrum of the biophysical sciences, designed to stimulate discussion and collaboration and are open to anyone who would like to attend


The Eye and Lumiere 2013

A special lecture will be held during Lumiere 2013 to introduce the artist Gina Czarnecki and expert Professor John Girkin behind the 2013 Lumiere installation "I". 

Saturday, 16 November, 3-4 pm

Refreshments available from 2.30pm

Calman Learning Centre, Durham University

Follow the event at #iandlumiere


The BSI hosts a programme of events that cover the spectrum of the biophysical sciences, designed to stimulate discussion and collaboration and are open to anyone who would like to attend. 

Follow the event at #iandlumiere


Meet the Artist and Experts

The lecture will be led by the artist behind the installation "I" and will be a unique opportunity for members of the public to understand the eye from the perspectives of a physicist, biologist and psychologist. The talks are aimed at the general public and children above 12 years old. 

The lecture will coincide with the Saturday switch-on of the interactive video installation “I” which will be projected onto the Durham University Bill Bryson Library and will be influenced by the audience.

"I" at the Lumiere Festival 2013

Register online at: https://eye-and-lumiere.eventbrite.co.uk


Summary of Research Talks

The Physics of the Eye

Prof. John Girkin: This talk will introduce the physics behind the way the eye works such as the way in which the eye is specialised for different environmental conditions e.g. the retina has the ability to act as an array of optical fibres to maximise light sensitivity.

The eye, vision and biology

Prof. Roy Quinlan: The eye in evolution will be discussed by comparison of the development of the eye in across a range of animals. A few of the medical conditions that can affect human vision will be introduced.

Visual Perception

Dr Bob Kentridge: This talk will look at the way that the human brain interprets the information received by the eye. Recent research resulting from functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) will be shown illustrating how brain damage due to illness or accidents can affect a person visual perception.

Do you have questions about the installation I or the scientific behind it? #iandlumiere