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The Origin of Image Making: Behavioral Ecology of Cephalopods and Art, 2010-2011

Why do we make images, where do they come from and what is their primary function?   Human image production and image distribution systems have made rapid growth to the level of unimaginable saturation in urban contemporary life through design, architecture, city planning, Internet, fine arts, and other media. The Origin of Image Making: Behavioral Ecology of Cephalopods and Art brings together scientific, humanistic and artistic attempts to investigate these ever critical existential questions by examining the cognitive and interpretive systems of the adoptive coloration of cuttlefish as a model to code and to re-map visual information suchas paintings, photographs and video. 
Convener: Ryuta Nakajima (Art & Design, Fine Arts-UMD)

Beginning Monday, September 13 a 1/1 scale giant squid drawing (15 feet long) will be exhibited at the Nash Gallery, Regis Center for Art.

The collaborative’s efforts culminated in a two-day interdisciplinary symposium held March 24-25, 2011.

During Summer 2010, there were four exhibitions that included Prof. Nakajima’s work, including the Bishop Museum in Honolulu and the “Linear Progression” show in Australia for National Science Week, and two solo shows that were held in Okinawa at the Prefectural Art Museum and the JIkan Museum.

Some of Ryuta Nakajima’s work





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