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2021 Brain Art Exhibit

2020 concluded the first decade of ‘Big Data' studies in neuroimaging. Our community has benefited from datasets collected by the Human Connectome Project, UK Biobank, ADNI, ENIGMA, Psychiatric Genetic Consortium, and others. With the 2021 Brain Art Exhibition and Competition, we celebrated the achievements of Big Data neuroimaging projects, while acknowledging the unremitting suffering of individuals affected with brain disorders. Our contributing artists to explored the theme of translating findings from Big Data studies to the development of personalized treatments for brain disorders.

Featured artists for this year's exhibt are:
Trina Lion
Clara Soto
Rachel Scott
Batool Rizvi
Susan Aldworth
Richard Bright
Alicia Lefebvre
Zsofia Morvay

You can see the full exhibit at the OHBM 2021 Annual Meeting!

"Big Data and Me" Axes

One axis of the exhibition examined topics such as inclusivity, diversity, representation of populations, statistical power and inference in the large datasets.

The second axis explored the personal suffering of individuals affected with brain illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression, age-related neurodegenerative diseases, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and autism. We dedicated it to the artistic interpretations of the hope and expectation for recovery.

The third axis (i.e. the space between) hosted the pioneering ideas of linking these levels of observation, as interpreted by artists who are encouraged to explore the reciprocal effects between Big Data research and personalized treatment, i.e. breaking of the barrier between research findings and treatment. Aspects of such exploration may include (a) how an individual is affected by the group to which one belongs and how much we can predict the characteristics of an individual from group membership. Conversely, how the criteria for inclusion of individuals into a group define the group as a whole; (b) how Big Data findings will power new diagnostic and treatment strategies that emphasize the individual variability; (c) artistic interpretations of the mathematical concepts of ‘many to one mapping’ and ‘scale invariance’ and in particular, how these concepts relate to neuroscience.

Past Brain Art Exhibits


NeuroDiversity was developed along three axes. Axis 1 gave underrepresented groups in neuroscience a voice. Axis 2 showcased art pieces by neurodiverse populations - for whom art can be a means of communication, an instrument for therapy, or a source of solace and pleasure. Axis 3 was designed to highlight the geographic, ethnic and cultural richness within the OHBM community. Click here to see the works from the OHBM 2020 Brain Art Exhibit


Click here to see the the works from the OHBM 2019 Brain Art Exhibit.