Title

Hardwired: Imaging Belief

Date of Award

3-20-2011

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Arts and Culture

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Department

Arts & Culture

Advisor

Judith Cassel-Mamet

Keywords

art; drawing; neurotheology; religion; religious experience

Abstract

Hardwired: Imaging Belief investigates the physical effects of religious experience on the human brain and presents visual art responses to these findings. The work presented includes an introduction to the field of neurotheology and offers an alternative understanding for what we have traditionally considered to be supernatural experiences. The physical nature of this newly discovered understanding is presented abstractly in seven works of art that include images of electrical hardware. This art intentionally references traditional representations of religious experiences while offering contemporary iconography inspired by neurotheology.

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