Real Art Ways explores minds with ‘Science on Screen’

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It is no easy feat to satisfy a happy couple and lonely single on the one day of the year that showing affection really counts, however Real Art Ways, in downtown Hartford, is hosting an event that puts a new spin on Valentine’s Day.

Set for Feb. 14, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Real Art Ways will host their “Science on Screen” series featuring the film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” with guest speaker Nicole Dudukovic of Trinity College.

Dudukovic, an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Trinity, will be equipped with the knowledge of how memories shape individuals from her recent research on the mechanics of memories.

The film, released in 2004 and staring Jim Carey and Kate Winslet, explores how a recently separated couple use a fictional procedure to erase the memory of each other from their respective minds. It takes the mind erasing to begin its effects for the couple to realize that forgetting can be a detrimental and regrettable thing.

“Science on Screen,” now in its seventh year, allows guest speakers to use films as a starting point to discuss any number of scientific topics and actively engage an audience in the field of expertise by a scientist.

An appropriate and stimulating topic for Valentine’s Day, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” explores the tragedy and brilliance that comes with the territory of falling in love. While most couples choose to spend Feb. 14 out to an elegant meal or by showering each other with gifts, Real Art Ways is offering an alternative that challenges participants to discover and share ideas about how memories really shape lives, especially those involving relationships.

A different Valentine’s Day experience for sure, this special “Science on Screen” event only costs student $4.50 per ticket and will leave a lasting impression on even the most opposed to the consumer holiday.

Real Art Ways has been providing Hartford with some of the most creative alternative styles of art since 1975. The organization celebrates all forms of art including movies, live performances, art exhibits and reading providing a fresh take on the arts in Hartford.