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Welcome to FLOAT. In this podcast, acclaimed filmmaker Mary Sweeney and neuroscientist Jonas Kaplan explore the creative place where art and science meet. FLOAT is a series of conversations with filmmakers, fine artists, musicians, technologists, and neuroscientists, investigating the common inspirations, motivations, and processes among creative minds from diverse fields. Hosted by two USC professors, FLOAT takes you on a journey to explore what makes scientists and artists more alike than different.  

 

Oct 17, 2021

Nancy Baker Cahill is a new media artist who examines power, selfhood, and embodied consciousness through drawing and shared immersive space. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of 4th Wall, a free Augmented Reality art platform exploring resistance and inclusive creative expression. Her AR site...


Oct 10, 2021

Born in Columbia and raised in Mexico, Rodrigo Garcia is an award-winning writer and director of the feature films Nine Lives, Albert Nobbs and Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her.  He directed many seminal TV series including Six Feet Under, The Sopranos and In Treatment.  He is an Executive Producer of the...


Oct 3, 2021

Joe Walker was born in the UK and originally trained as a classical music composer. He switched to film editing, working for several years editing British films, television and documentaries. He now lives and works in Los Angeles where he has collaborated extensively with two directors, Steve McQueen and Denis...


Sep 26, 2021

In this episode we speak with Dr. Antonio Damasio, who is perhaps one of the most influential neuroscientists of the last hundred years. His work has emphasized the role of emotion in cognition, the deep connection between brain and body, and the roots of consciousness in biological systems for maintaining life. The...


Sep 19, 2021

Kasi is an award-winning director, writer and actress who has been a staple in Hollywood for nearly three decades, most recently with her Oscar nominated film Harriet. Her acclaimed 1997 feature directorial debut Eve’s Bayou was recently inducted into the National Film Registry. Kasi wrote the libretto for Fire Shut...