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Gallery Lane Cove

164 Longueville Road,

Lane Cove NSW 2066

 

 

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Gallery Lane Cove

PO Box 4083

Lane Cove NSW 1595

 

Contact

61 (2) 9428 4898

info@gallerylanecove.com.au

 

Opening hours

Monday - Friday 10am - 4.30pm

Saturdays 10am - 2.30pm

Closed Public Holidays

 

Gallery Lane Cove is a Lane Cove Council facility managed by Centrehouse Inc.

We acknowledge the Cameraygal people as traditional owners and soverign custodians of the land on which Gallery Lane Cove is situated, and we extend our respects to all First Nations people

 

 

 

© 2013 by Gallery Lane Cove.

Megan Jones

Why is there me?

7-30 September

Opening Drinks with the artist,

Wednesday 6 September from 6pm

Artist Talk: Saturday, 23 September from 11am

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‘Why is there me?’

(Reflections on consciousness and the self)

 

The two greatest mysteries in all of nature are the mind and the universe. Physics says that we are made of stardust, that the atoms we see all around us (and of which we are made) were forged in the heat of a star. We are literally children of the stars.

 

So we are material objects in a material world, part of a material universe. But in our brains, physical processes occur (mostly out of our awareness) that give rise to a seemingly immaterial, private, subjective consciousness and sense of self, which includes the feeling of unity and continuity in both space and time.

 

But how does consciousness and the sense of self arise from our brains and bodies? How is it that we feel relatively permanent and unchanging? How is it that despite commonalities of biology, each person’s awareness of self and the world is unique- as unknowable to others as the distant objects of the universe? This subjectivity is the ‘hard problem’ of philosophy. Neuroscience can’t answer these questions yet, nor can psychology, and philosophers are not sure whether the problem is soluble, or illusory.

 

Explanations range from hydraulic and mechanical models through information processing to consciousness as an emergent property of the complex system of an embodied brain. Brain imaging techniques have increasingly supported this endeavour and have also shown that a default network, related to our sense of self, is active even when we are not consciously focussing our attention.

 

Subjectively and symbolically, from an artist’s perspective, with these paintings I enter this fascinating discussion.

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