Cal Poly to Host Talk with William P. Seeley on Nov. 2

SAN LUIS OBISPO — William P. Seeley, an East Coast artist and philosophy and humanities teacher, will speak Nov. 2 at Cal Poly about his work on cognitive science and how it affects an individual’s perception of art.

Seeley’s talk, part of the CLA Speaks series, will be held from 11:10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 102. It is free and open to the public.

Seeley teaches philosophy at the University of New Hampshire and humanities at Bates College. His welded steel constructions have been exhibited in New York City and at a number of colleges and university galleries, including a solo show of outdoor works at Ezra Stiles College at Yale University. His installations as head assistant for sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard include work currently on exhibit at the Storm King Art Center in New York and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.

“Dr. Seeley works at the intersection of philosophy and artificial intelligence,” said Cal Poly philosophy Professor Eleanor Helms. “His work also reveals the role of memory and attention in everyday perception.”

His work examines the concrete visual patterns that enable us to recognize and store complex narrative and cultural content, even when viewing complex things like works of art. Seeley’s research lies at the intersection of philosophy, art, cognitive science and embodied cognition. He currently holds an NEH Digital Humanities Startup Grant to develop and conduct research in scientific workflows, image analysis and visual stylometry in the digital analysis of art.

Seeley earned a doctorate in philosophy from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and a master of fine arts in sculpture from Columbia University.

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Contact: Eleanor Helms

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