I, Gina Czarnecki, Lumiere Durham 2011. Produced by Artichoke. Photo by Matthew Andrews.
Talks & Events

The Eye and Lumiere 2013

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Saturday 16th November, 3pm

How much you can tell about a person from their eyes? How do they work? Are our eyes different to animals and how have they changed through the centuries?

Artist Gina Czarnecki worked with scientists from Durham University to find out the answers to these and many more questions about our eyes and vision.  She created the interactive installation I inspired by what she learnt, which was part of the programme of Lumiere Durham 2013.

Inspired by Gina Czarnecki’s I installation, ‘The Eye and Lumiere’ was an opportunity to find out more about this ambitious installation.

Our eyes are fascinating, but many of us don’t know how they work. Suitable for anyone aged over 12 years old in this free event you could find out everything you needed to know about the eye in a series of short and easy-to-understand talks. There was the opportunity to put your own questions to scientists and learn about how Gina turned science into art.

The talk included:

The Physics of the Eye – Professor John Girkin

The basics on how our eyes work.

The Eye, Vision and Biology – Professor Roy Quinlan

How have our eyes evolved? Building on what Professor Girkin explained, Roy discussed how our eyes have changed through the centuries in humans and animals.  He also explored how our eyes can be affected by different medical conditions.

Visual Perception – Dr Bob Kentridge

How the brain tells us what our eyes can see, and how new technology can show us how brain damage from illness or accidents changes how we see things.

Ask a Scientist – Chaired by Gina Czarnecki

An opportunity to ask a scientist anything you want to know about eyes.

I: What the Installation Contains – Gina Czarnecki

Bringing art and science together, Gina introduced her work I, and explained how she came to make the piece.



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