Winner Art of Neuroscience 2019 announced

24 June 2019

The ninth edition of the Art of Neuroscience competition is won by Olesya Ilyenok, Marina Muzyka and Andrey Chugunov, students from the School of Digital Economics in Russia, who, with their project ‘AF-CFFiIV’, dive into the imagination of neural networks.

In their video, the students show the imaginative abilities of three neural networks. The first network generates an image of a realistic but nonexistent human face, for which a second network provides a description through use of algorithms. The third network reproduces this description in a trained voice.

Video winning project AF-CFFiIVby Olesya Ilyenok, Marina Muzyka en Andrey

Honorable mentions

Albert Barqué-Duran, connected to the University of Londen, receives an honorable mention for his project ‘ULTIMATE EMOJI’, in which an artificially generated emoji shows how digital ‘memes’ shape our cultural values and understanding of emotions. Markos Kapeliotis, Rebeca Alejandra Gavrilla Laic, Nele Famaey en Pieter van den Berghe, from the KU Leuven, were praised for their submission ‘Art-or-fact’. They submitted a picture of bridging veins in the brain, in which the shape of a horse can be distinguished. ‘Starlight Gone’, an interactive installation about depression from Elisabeth Parent and Liam O’Leary, illustrates how loss can create a union that protects against future loss, for which it receives an honorable mention. Finally, Ana Jakovljeviƒá, of the University of Belgrado, was awarded for ‘Perineuronal nets in spring’, in which she used flowers to show the beauty of neuronal architecture as she sees it. More submissions can be found on the website of the Art of Neuroscience.

Video ULTIMATE EMOJI by Albert Barqué-Duran


Art of Neuroscience was born in 2011 at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience as a competition for inspiring and provocative imagery from neuroscience labs. The goal has been to make the research from neuroscience labs more tangible, but also aims for scientists to evaluate their own work from a different perspective. In previous editions it has welcomed artists to also submit work inspired by the brain to stimulate the cross-over between neuroscience and art.

Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience

The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience is an Academy research institute. It conducts basic and strategic research in the neurosciences. It examines how the human brain makes awareness, perception, movement, learning, social interaction and other cognitive functions possible. It also studies how brain disorders can disrupt these functions.

The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience is located in Amsterdam (Meibergdreef 47, 1105 BA Amsterdam).

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