David Byrne announces neuroscience art exhibition

'The Institute Presents: Neurosociety' is a collaboration with Mala Gaonkar

Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has announced that he will be showcasing an art exhibition focused on neuroscience.

According to a statement, ‘The Institute Presents: Neurosociety’ is described as “an immersive theatrical experience” that will present the work of 15 cognitive neuroscience labs. Byrne co-created the exhibition with Mala Gaonkar.

Speaking to The New York Times, Byrne said, “We won’t be running these experiments like the labs do, but recreating some of their work in more entertaining or theatrical ways.”


He continued, “I think the labs will see there’s a way to collect data from this. Instead of a small pool of 50 students, you might get 1,000 people from different demographics,” before noting that the scientific process itself is “more improvisatory and creative than you’d think.”

One experiment in the show tests our ability to predict elections by judging the competence of faces. Another reveals how our sense of an object’s size depends on our sense of our own size.

The exhibition will open on October 28 and will run until May 31 at Pace Gallery in Menlo Park, California.