On reflection: the art and neuroscience of mirrors

Posted on behalf of Alison Abbott The installation Smoking Mirror by Otavio Schipper and Sergio Krakowski, 2015. Nick Ash Two linked exhibitions in Berlin – Mirror Images in Art and Medicine and Smoking Mirror – begin where Narcissus left off. The hero of Greek mythology wasted away gazing transfixed at his own beauty reflected on the surface of a dark pool. He left his name both to the narcissus (daffodil) that sprang up on the banks where he died, and to psychology. The desire to see one’s own reflection – more conveniently than kneeling at the waters’ edge on a sunny day – appears universal. Most of the world’s major cultures invented their own types of portable mirror over the millennia. The earliest so far found, in Anatolia, were made from polished obsidian, a…


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