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"BAASICS.3: The Deep End"

BAASICS.3: The Deep End


BAASICS.3: The Deep End is our third program. It will take place at the beautiful, state-of-the-art ODC Theater in the Mission District of San Francisco on the evening of May 6, 2013. The ODC Theater seats just under 200 people. While the theater seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, we will also document the event and make it available for free online.

BAASICS.3: The Deep End participants will consider neurodiversities such as autism, schizophrenia, and depression through scientific and artistic lenses, as well as exploring their link to creativity. Each will have 8-15 minutes to share their research, work, or performance with the audience.

Following the event will be a casual reception, right next door to the theater, at Root Division, a wonderful art & art education non-profit.

Hannah Adderio-Berry is a San Francisco-based cellist, producer, innovator and educator, who has been living and breathing music since the age of nine. Passionate about bringing music to audiences in a wide array of mediums and venues, she is a sought-after soloist, chamber musician, and teacher, as well as founder and artistic director of Cello Bazaar and Locaphonic, two popular Bay Area music series. Hannah will perform a composition related to mental illness.

Timothy Archibald uses photography to connect with his autistic son, Eli. Together, they created Echolilia: Sometimes I Wonder, a collection of compelling photographs that sheds light on what it might be like to interact with the world and with others through the lens of autism.

Creativity Explored advances the value and diversity of artistic expression by providing artists with developmental disabilities the means to create, exhibit, and sell their art in their own gallery and around the world. Teaching artist Leeza Doreian will speak about her work with artists who struggle with mental disorders.

Walter J. Freeman leads The Freeman Laboratory for Nonlinear Neurodynamics at UC Berkeley, which aims to understand how neurons in the human brain cooperate and coordinate their activities. He specifically uses brain imaging to understand the neural mechanisms of perception, cognition, and creativity.

Terence Ketter is a professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Stanford University and Chief of the Bipolar Disorders Clinic. Inspired by his clinical work with exceptionally creative individuals, Dr. Ketter has developed a strong interest in the relationship of creativity and mood disorders.

Katherine Sherwood's acclaimed mixed-media paintings gracefully investigate the point at which the essential aspects of art, medicine, and disability intersect. At 44, she suffered a massive stroke and now speaks and writes openly about how that event transformed her art practice and her career.

Dr. Indre Viskontas has published ground-breaking work on the neural basis of creativity and has studied creativity in patients with dementia.  She is a Cognitive Neuroscience Affiliate at UCSF, an opera singer, and host of Miracle Detectives on the OWN Network.

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  • Selene

    Thank you to everyone who came! We had an incredible time and hope you did too.

    May 10, 2013

  • billy p.

    That was great , let me know if I can help in the Future

    1 · May 7, 2013

    • Selene

      Thanks, Billy!

      May 7, 2013

  • Selene

    Conversation continuing at:

    http://www.baasics.com/baasics-3/

    May 7, 2013

  • Selene

    Thanks for the comments, Joe and Matt.

    We're going to repost them to the "BAASICS.3: The Deep End" page of our website, and respond there. We hope to facilitate a conversation there as well as here, on MeetUp.

    May 7, 2013

  • Joe B.

    It was a great event. I was curious if tDCS could be used to test the idea that language aphasia affects artistic ability. Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a simple procedure (you can do it with a 9 volt battery and a few parts from radio shack) where a small current is applies to the head in various locations causing areas of the brain underneath where the electrodes are placed to be temporarily stimulated or suppressed. A recent paper showed how it could be used to enable people to solve a problem that has a solution outside of one’s normal assumptions. They have used tDCS to enhance language ability but I suspect no one has explored the effects of suppressing language ability.

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304394012003618

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17804023

    1 · May 7, 2013

  • Matt

    Overall, great. For something "free:" amazing. I wanted to hear more about outsider art, and was a little surprised some outsider art to be totally overlooked; also, I realize neuroscience is a buzzword, and it is prestigious to have Stanford and Berkeley researchers giving presentations, but, and I mean this kindly, being a good researcher does not make one a charismatic speaker. I really wanted to explore more of Freeman's ideas about chaos, but the QA was cut short and he left early. Sad, sad. Still! I loved it.

    1 · May 7, 2013

  • Matt

    Awesome event

    May 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am so sad to be stuck at work, missing this. Very grateful you'll be recording though!

    May 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Source conflict.

    May 6, 2013

  • Selene

    Can't wait to meet all of you!

    May 6, 2013

  • Matt

    This sounds awesome.

    May 6, 2013

  • Rosa

    (-: !

    May 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just got a new job and I won't be able to make it, sorry.

    March 27, 2013

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