Anong Migwans Beam
Anong Migwans Beam is a painter, mother, paint-maker, and curator, living and working in her home community of M’Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island. After studying art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, OCAD University, and the Institute of American Indian Arts, she returned home to be a studio assistant for her father, Carl Beam. Her painting practice is in large-format oil on canvas. She is the founder of Gimaa Radio, Ojibwe-language radio CHYF 88.9FM. She maintains an independent curating practice, and served as director of the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation before leaving to focus on her own practice and the art of paint-making. She is the founder of Beam Paints, where she combines an early education in Indigenous pigments from her parents Carl and Ann Beam, with a lifelong interest in art and colour. She has always loved the colours pink and green more than anyone should. She collects art, makes art, and is generally obsessed with all aspects therein. She recently showed her work at Campbell House Museum, in Toronto.
Angélica Dass is an award-winning photographer born in Brazil and currently living in Madrid, Spain. Angélica’s practice combines photography with sociological research and public participation in defense of human rights globally. She is the creator of the internationally acclaimed Humanæ Project – a collection of portraits that reveal the diverse beauty of human colours. The initiative has traveled to more than 80 cities across six continents – from The World economic Forum in Davos to the pages of National Geographic – to promote dialogue that challenges how we think about skin colour and ethnic identity.
WORK IN PROGRESS
Humanæ is a photographic work in progress by artist Angélica Dass, an unusually direct reflection on the color of the skin, attempting to document humanity’s true colors rather than the untrue labels “white”, “red”, “black” and “yellow” associated with race. It’s a project in constant evolution seeking to demonstrate that what defines the human being is its inescapably uniqueness and, therefore, its diversity.
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Rob is a curator at the American Museum of Natural History working in comparative genomics. He is also a professor in the museum’s graduate school, The Richard Gilder Graduate School, and has been adjunct professor at New York University, Columbia University, City University of New York and Yale University. He recently received a Fulbright Professorship to work in Australia and a von Humboldt Fellowship for work in Germany. His scientific work at the museum is complemented by exhibition outreach for which he has curated a permanent hall on Human Evolution and seven temporary exhibitions including Brain: The Inside Story , Our Senses and currently The Nature of Color He has written over twenty books including Our Senses (Yale Press), Troublesome Inheritance (Columbia University Press) and A Natural History of Color. (Pegasus Books). He lives in the East Village of New York City with his wife and son.
Professor Anna Franklin investigates human colour perception using methods drawn from cognitive psychology, developmental science and neuroscience. Much of her work investigates the development of colour perception, both to understand perceptual development and to establish the origins and underlying mechanisms of perceptual colour phenomena. She led a six-year European Research Council (ERC) funded project on colour categorisation, with one of the key findings being that infants use the biological mechanisms of colour vision to categorise colour at just four months. She is currently leading another large-scale ERC project which is investigating how colour vision tunes and calibrates to chromatic scene statistics both in adulthood and during early development. Professor Franklin has led several applied projects: She has developed a gamified psychophysical app with her collaborators which tests for colour vision deficiency in young children, and has worked with industrial partners on projects related to infant visual perception and developmental aesthetics.
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Anya Hurlbert is Professor of Visual Neuroscience and Dean of Advancement at Newcastle University. She trained as a physicist (BA, Princeton University), physiologist (MA, Cambridge University), neuroscientist (PhD, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT), and physician (MD, Harvard Medical School). After doing postdoctoral research as a Wellcome Trust Vision Research Fellow at Oxford University, she moved to Newcastle University, where she co-founded the Institute of Neuroscience in 2003, serving as its co-Director until 2014. Hurlbert’s research focuses on colour perception and its role in everyday visual and cognitive tasks, in normal development and ageing as well as in colour vision deficiency and developmental disorders. She is also interested in applied areas such as biomedical image processing, digital imaging and novel lighting technologies for enhancing mood, performance, and aesthetic experience. Professor Hurlbert is active in the public understanding of science, lectures widely on colour perception and art, and has devised and co-curated several science-based art exhibitions, including an interactive installation at the National Gallery, London, for its 2014 summer exhibition Making Colour. She is former Chairman of the Colour Group (GB) and Scientist Trustee of the National Gallery, and currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Vision, the Board of Directors of the Vision Sciences Society, and the Rank Prize Funds Optoelectronics Committee.
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