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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.  

 

Nov 28, 2021

Walter Murch is a film editor, a director, writer, and sound designer. For his work on Apocalypse Now he won the Academy Award for Best Sound and was also nominated for Best Film Editing. He won two more Oscars for editing and sound mixing The English Patient. Walter is recognized as a true innovator and master of sound...


Nov 21, 2021

Lykke Li is a singer, songwriter, and dancer. She was born in Sweden to artistic parents, her mother a photographer and her father a musician. The family traveled extensively, living abroad in Portugal, Morocco, Nepal and India. Lykke released her first album, Youth Novels in 2008 and another three; Wounded Rhymes, I...


Nov 14, 2021

Gus Van Sant was born in Louisville, Kentucky and received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1975.  Gus has an international reputation as a filmmaker, painter, photographer, and musician.  Beginning with short films in 1979 Gus has directed 52 films. He’s been twice nominated for an Oscar and won the...


Nov 7, 2021

Marco Iacoboni is a Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and the Director of the Neuromodulation Lab at UCLA’s Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center. Marco is a neurologist by training, who is originally from Rome, Italy. His work has focused on the neural basis of empathy, and on the so-called mirror...


Oct 31, 2021

Tavares Strachan was born in Nassau, Bahamas, and now lives and works between New York City and Nassau. He received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University. Tavares’s art, reflecting the politics of invisibility and limitation, locates itself in a boundless exploration...