GPRC Speakers Series - Ellie Epp
Speaker: Ellie Epp
Topic: "Mind and Land: Vision and Intuition in the Open Air" - How new findings in neuroscience support our native intuition that deep contact with natural landscape is vital to whole and lively minds.
Location: Room D208 7:30 pm
Ellie Epp is a Peace River Country native, born in Sexsmith and raised on a farm outside La Glace. She studied psychology, philosophy and English at Queen's University, and film at the Slade School of University College London. Her films have become classics of Canadian experimental cinema. She has also worked in video, photography, experimental writing, garden design, digital graphics, and the web. The emergence of cognitive science in the late 1980s took her back to school, and she has a recent PhD in the philosophy of neuroscience.
In the late 1970's, Epp returned to her home territory with a Canada Council grant for a project about place. She lived in an old farmhouse near Valhalla Centre for parts of several years. The art she made during that time has taken images of the Peace River Country to many parts of the world. A two-hour show of slides and writing called "Notes in Origin" has been performed in Melbourne, Toronto, San Francisco, Montreal, and at Canada House in London. Her film of the same name was screened as part of the celebrations for the opening of the new National Gallery of Art in Ottawa. It has toured in Japan and France and is studied in film courses at art colleges across Canada.
Her Speaker Series talk will be illustrated with slides from "Notes in Origin" and will show how new findings in neuroscience support our native intuition that deep contact with natural landscape is vital to whole and lively minds.