History of Art Research Seminar: Simon Kirby | From Cultural Evolution to Cybraphon

  • Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 17:15 to 18:30

  • Hunter Building, Hunter Lecture Theatre (017)
    74 Lauriston Place
    EH3 9DF

Unfortunately, this event has been CANCELLED.

Professor Simon Kirby is based in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

His work is concerned with the origin and evolution of language, and the unique ways that culture and biology interact in our species.

He has pioneered a new approach to understanding cultural evolution of language, which is called Iterated Learning. His view is  that an understanding of human nature requires an account of the complex interactions between individual learning, cultural transmission and biological evolution in human populations.

Simon also combines scientific research with artistic output by collaborating with sculptors and musicians to create interactive installations exploring issues of communication and cultural evolution in a socially and informationally promiscuous world. So far, he has exhibited six such artworks nationally, including the BAFTA winning Cybraphon, which is now part of the permanent collection of the National Museum of Scotland.

His talk is entitled From Cultural Evolution to Cybraphon: How a cognitive scientist ended up making device art.

The event is free and open to all.

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