The Science Fiction of Santiago Ramón y Cajal & Early Film Experiments


WHEN March 21, 2023
5:30-7 PM EST WHERE 19 Washington Square North WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute in New York Open to the Public

Over a hundred years ago, Spanish neurobiologist Santiago Ramón y Cajal made groundbreaking discoveries about the structure of the brain. Using the Golgi silver staining technique, he identified a specialized cell type—the neuron—that binds all the matter together. His surreal hand-drawn paintings illustrated how electrical signals were received and transmitted across cerebral time and space. Drawing from his short stories, this talk presents early film experiments to craft a Cajal biopic. Under the working title of "The Kiss," Cajal on screen is a time traveler that reminisces about his past and invokes the future through his dreams and fictions.

  • Alexis Gambis, Assistant Professor of Biology, Film & New Media, NYUAD

In Collaboration with

Department of Biology, NYU
Kanbar Institute of Film, NYU Tisch School of the Arts

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