CAVE: An Artscience Installation

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An Artscience Installation by the NeuroCAVE Collaborative

August 18 - December 30, 2017

Opening Reception on Friday, August 18th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

The NeuroCave Collaborative will be present on the night of the opening.

At the Holter Museum of Art, we are excited to present CAVE, a profound exhibition from Montana artist Sara Mast and an interdisciplinary team on display from August through December, 2017.

CAVE is a collaborative artscience project that merges the ‘mind’ of 35,000 year old cave art with state-of-the-art brain research.  An interdisciplinary research team composed of faculty and student artists and scientists from Montana State University and the University of Missouri, Kansas City has created a truly interactive installation in which light and sound elements are controlled by participant brainwaves.  Using current neurofeedback technology, participant physiological responses to their surrounding environment will simultaneously inform the environment, projecting fluctuating sound and color fields that blur the perceptual boundaries between sensation and creation. Evoking the deeply spiritual and communal nature of early artistic sites such as Chauvet-Pont-D’Arc cave, the installation will echo cultural memory and bridge the origins of art with the latest advances in neuroscience.

At the Holter Museum of Art, we are excited to share this cutting-edge exhibition with our Montana community.  Through it, we hope to spark meaningful dialogue about the deep, natural interconnectivity found across intellectual disciplines and human creativity.  


The Holter Museum of Art and the NeuroCave Collaborative would like to thank the following sponsors for making this project possible:

Scholarship and Creativity Award, Montana State University

 Faculty Excellence Grant, Montana State University

MSU Scholarship & Creativity Grant for the Advancement of the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Royce Smith, Dean of the College of Arts & Architecture

Brett Gunnick, Dean of the College of Engineering

John Paxton, Director of the School of Computing

Andy Vernooy, Director of the School of Architecture

Keith Kothman, Director of the School of Music

Nicole Rae, Dean of Letters & Science

US Department of Education Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program Grant

Speyer Family Foundation, Helena, MT

Oz Architects, Missoula, MT

Bruce Meadows, Helena, MT

Max Milton, Helena, MT

Judy Carrigan, Helena, MT

Sondra Hines