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Presenting a robotic review by Dr. David Harris Smith\, McMaster University and Dr. Frauke Zeller\, Unive rsity College London

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About the Mind explores the concept of “min d” through the work of four internationally acclaimed visual artists: Wyn G eleynse and Paulette Phillips (both from Canada)\, Shaun Gladwell (Australi a) and Mischa Kuball (Germany) .

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As a group exhibition\, About the Mind mirrors the complexity and cont inuing debate on theories of how we may think\, including philosophical\, p sychoanalytical and forensic approaches.

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For Mischa Kuball\, Plato’s allegory of the cave prese nted an artistic challenge—how to create a “philosophical environment”—and an opportunity to engage the problem of reality at a time when it is viewed almost exclusively in sociological and political terms.

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Wyn Geleynse has revisited an earlier- made gallery space model that will host a new video and\, in miniature\, a “modeled experience” that presents the potential of narrative through image s in the “cave of the mind.”

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Paulette Phillips trained and was licenced in lie detector operati on for her video work The Directed Lie. Using her interrogation an d testing skills\, she has conducted more than 230 interviews\, creating an archive of the art world. Phillips wrote “The body betrays the mind\; thro ugh actions that subsequently require lying to cover up and through tremors that belie denial.”

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Shaun Gl adwell’s kinetic-video sculpture Endoscopic Vanitas incor porates a live endoscopic camera that probes a rotating human skull (first shown at the 2009 Venice Biennale). Curator Blair French wrote: “Here liter ally sits the now empty site of consciousness and subjectivity—the space of Plato’s cave upon which surfaces we may project traces of our own ideal fo rms.”

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David Harris Smith\, an artist and assistant profe ssor in the Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia at McMaster University\, has been invited into the exhibition mix. Dr. Smith will intro duce a roving\, non-intrusive small robot titled mykulturbot 1.0\, developed in collaboration with Dr. Frauke Zeller\, Marie Curie Research F ellow\, Dept. of Information Studies\, University College London\, UK. The robot will “review” the exhibition works\, relaying text-captioned photos o f its point-of-view on the displayed works.

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