Monica Lopez-Gonzalez, Ph.D. Column: la petite noiseuse at the crossroads of Science and Art
Mónica López-González, PhD, Co-Founder and Scientific & Artistic Director of La Petite Noiseuse Productions, is a Cognitive Scientist, Educator, Entrepreneur, Multidisciplinary Artist, Speaker and Writer with a Certificate of Art in Photography from Maryland Institute College of Art and a PhD in Cognitive Science from Johns Hopkins University. Fascinated by the cognitive relationships between creative artistic, emotional, musical, and linguistic behavior, her work lies at the intersection of Science and Art to better understand and unleash our creative thinking and making capacities as human beings.
A staunch advocator and practitioner of interdisciplinary collaboration, learning, teaching, and research she has pioneered since 2008 innovative S.T.E.A.M. courses from precollege to postgraduate levels in the classroom and online at the intersection of Art and Science on (Neuro)Aesthetics, World Cinema, Creative Cognition, Information Visualization, Documentary Photography, Modern Art, Music and Visual Art Perception and Cognition as Visiting Faculty at Maryland Institute College of Art, Peabody Institute, and Johns Hopkins University. She held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine from 2010 to 2013 where she developed and conducted original research on the cognitive neuroscience of artistic creativity, with an emphasis on musical production and emotion perception.
When not creating and teaching new courses at the intersection of Visual Art, Music and the Mind/Brain Sciences, López-González is speaking at national and international companies, conferences, galleries, festivals, radio and TV as guest Scientist-Artist, reviewing movies from around the world, running foreign language film festivals in Baltimore, MD, consulting on data visualization projects, gathering new data for her company’s unique research program within Creative Cognition, or working on her next artistic project in theatre, film, and photography.
She has exhibited her film photographs throughout Maryland and New York, made her first film short titled LES TABLEAUX D’UNE RENCONTRE in 2009 and first feature documentary titled SOLITARY in 2010 on the creative musical process, and premiered her latest film MOMENTS with a live jazz trio at ARTSCAPE 2013, the largest arts festival in the U.S., and with a live jazz sextet at Washington Women in Jazz 2014 Festival. A selection of her photo, film, and theatre work titled NEW METHODS, NEW DATA: EXPLORING CREATIVITY is currently on view in the exhibition ON THE MIND at Maryland Art Place in Baltimore, MD. She most recently presented to rave reviews June 2014 the world premiere of her debut Spanish-language theatrical production titled ÚLTIMA PARTIDA (“The Final Draw”) in Baltimore, MD and Washington, D.C. She recently debuted as actor in the world premiere of her second theatrical production on memory, perception, consciousness, and artificial intelligence titled IN SESSION (“Chez L’Analyste”) in English and French May and June 2015. Her third theatrical production on the science and art of perception in English and Italian, FRAMED ILLUSION (“Cornice Di Un’Illusione”), premiered June 2016.
López-González’s most recent keynote address at the 2015 Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XX (HVEI), International Conference on Perception and Cognition of Electronic Media in San Francisco, CA in February was titled “Cognitive Psychology Meets Art - Exploring Creativity, Language, and Emotion Through Live Musical Improvisation in Film and Theatre.” Read her latest papers on new methods and new data in creative cognition and an appeal for interdisciplinarity here: http://lpnproductions.com/Science.html She i.s currently on the HVEI committee heading a new section on ‘Art, Aesthetics, and Perception.’ And you can catch López-González in conversation with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson on StarTalk TV’s Season 2 for National Geographic Channel about Creativity, AI, and the Sciences & Arts.
Find out more at http://lpnproductions.com/