CONTEMPLATING ART: Hiromi Tango with Emma Burrows

Due to the recent floods, Hiromi Tango is unable to travel. We will endeavour to reschedule this event when we can.


Our second conversation will be with Hiromi Tango with Emma Burrows, on Thursday 12th May. Hiromi Tango is is an established interdisciplinary artist, based in Northern New South Wales, Australia. Emma Burrows is a neuroscientist and change agent for equity in STEM. Together, they have recently launched an exhibit, Wheel at Science Gallery Melbourne. Part installation, part living lab, this human-sized rainbow hamster wheel explores how physical exercise can benefit our brain and protect us against mental health conditions.


What would you see if you could look into your mind on any given day? Does a ‘good’ day look different from a day when you are not feeling so great? What is neuroplasticity, how do you get it (if you want it) and how does a positive environment affect your brain and boost your mood?


Join this insightful conversation with leading Australian artist Hiromi Tango and Dr Emma Burrows, neuroscientist at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. Learn about ‘mood medicine’, how an inspiring environment impacts your mental health and why, when you surround yourself with things you love, such as your garden, food, colour and creativity, you are protecting your mental health and helping you live longer.


Prior to lunch, Jullie Bennett, Produce Manager, will take guests on a guided walk of Wendy's Garden from 10.30 am. This is as an optional extra.


Hiromi and Emma have collaborated on a number of exhibitions and/or performances, the most recent being Wheel which is on display as part of the University of Melbourne’s Science Gallery MENTAL exhibition. Part installation, part living lab, this human sized, rainbow hamster wheel explores how physical exercise can benefit our brain and shield us against mental health conditions. Hiromi and Emma also worked together on 'Wrapped' a site-responsive collaborative project inspired by the landscape of the Queen Victoria Market where artist and neuroscientist explored the relationship between the ‘wrapped’ market landscape, brain health and development.


 


Hiromi Tango is a Tweed Heads based (Japanese Australian) artist whose art practice intersects with arts, health, nature and neuroscientific research. She wraps and weaves thread, string and wool to create dense webs of clashing colours and textures in her sculptures and costumes. Drawing on her own experiences of anxiety her elaborate installations and performances allow audiences to consider the embodied self, the emotional terrain of our relationships with others and how the art making process can contribute to positive wellbeing and healing with colour.


Her works have been exhibited at major national art museums and regional galleries across Australia. She has also featured at international exhibitions in the United States, Belgium, Dubai and throughout Asia Pacific including Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and New Zealand. Her work is held in major Australian public collections as well as private collections across Australia and overseas.


Dr Emma Burrows is a neuroscientist (PhD) and currently leads a multidisciplinary team of people from engineering, psychology and neuroscience backgrounds at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, the largest brain research centre in the southern hemisphere. Dr Burrows explores how environments can impact our mental health and memory and how genetic mutations found in complex brain conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and dementia can lead to altered brain connectivity and behaviour across the lifespan. Emma champions change in the research sector by implementing wide-reaching strategies that increase diversity and inclusion. She is a board director of Women in STEMM Australia, co-founding member of Women in Science Parkville Precinct and past chair of The Florey Equality in Science committee. Emma tweets all things science @embws.


We look forward to welcoming you to Montalto for Contemplating Art.


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