Romy Lorenz

Cognitive Neuroscience – Neuroadaptive Technology – Art x Neuroscience

Art x Science

Since early 2016, I am the Public Engagement Curator of AXNS, a not-for-profit curatorial collective that explores intersections between art, neuroscience and technology.

We are a London-based collective comprised of four women working across the arts and sciences: Rachel Bedder, a cognitive scientist, Miranda Marcus, a graphic designer and digital anthropologist, Rachel Stratton, an art historian and curator, and me.

We programme panel discussions, curate exhibitions, carry out workshops, and commission collaborative projects between artists, neuroscientists and technologist. AXNS has been supported by various funders, amongst them are the Wellcome Trust, the Arts Council, and the Wates Foundation.

Current projects:

  • Sines: an LSD brain wave and sound art hackathon

During an intense hackathon weekend (18/19th March) we want to answer the question: How can a sine wave link neuroscientists and sound artists? For this purpose, we linked up with Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris from Imperial College London who studies the effect of psychedelic compounds in the brain. For the hackathon, we want to take MEG brain wave data from his seminal study with healthy volunteers on LSD outside of the lab. We are inviting sound artists to work alongside neuroscientists and data analysts, to explore these brain waves in novel ways and to create mind altering soundscapes from extracted features of the psychedelic brain data (more info here).

We are currently running a crowdfunding campaign (see video below) and are looking for participants (see call here).

A blog post about my background and motivations for joining AXNS can be found here.