“ART IS AN AMAZING WAY TO MOURN…”: A QUOTE FROM SRINI PILLAY (AUTHOR, HARVARD CLINICIAN AND BRAIN-IMAGING RESEARCHER)

 

GRAPHIC LAY-OUT BASED ON "NINE ELEVEN NEW YORK 2001" ARTWORK BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI, CANVAS+MIXED MEDIA, 47X70, 2011

GRAPHIC LAY-OUT BASED ON “NINE ELEVEN NEW YORK 2001” ARTWORK BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI, CANVAS+MIXED MEDIA, 47X70, 2011

 

“When we think of art representing tragedy, it raises all kinds of questions.  Can we really make art of an experience where people have lost loved ones?  Can we truly justify directing people toward beauty when there is such tragedy?  The beauty of abstract art – and of Alborghetti’s art in particular, is that it is in invitation for us to project what we will onto the piece.  We do so anyway – even when human forms, gardens and ponds protect us with their explicit forms in Impressionist and Renaissance paintings.  Art, as I substantiated above, is a form of healing whose effects we can see in the brain. From a psychological perspective, art is an amazing way to mourn.  When it is as beautiful as Alborghetti’s, it invites us to revisit the tragedy of terrorism, the horror of loss, and the beauty of our own resilience as we make our way through this mysterious life”.

 SRINI PILLAY

“THE HUFFINGTON POST”

September 9, 2011

 

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SRINI PILLAY

CEO: NeuroBusiness Group (NBG); Assistant Clinical Professor: Harvard Medical School; Author: Life Unlocked: 7 Revolutionary Lessons to Overcome Fear (Rodale, 2010); Author: Your Brain and Business: The Neuroscience of Great Leaders (FT Press, 2011); Author: The Science Behind The Law of Attraction (NBG, 2011).

 

HUFFINGTON POST Remembering a Tragedy Through Art , a form of Healing

 

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ART IS A FORM OF HEALING / SRINI PILLAY’S WORDS + LACER/ACTIONS

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Some good thoughts about art and healing

from SRINI PILLAY  – http://www.srinipillay.com/

psychiatrist, Harvard clinician, brain-imaging researcher

author and speaker.

Artwork by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI, Canvas, 57×87

Title: “In amniotic fluid”

For Lacer/actions Project / Realistic images about torn and decomposed publicity posters, natural cracks and scratches, urban signs. 

ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI,  LACER-ACTIONS, CANVASES  (19)

 

SRINI PILLAY’S NBG NOMINATED TO TRAINING INDUSTRY’S WATCHLIST OF THE TOP 20 MOVERS AND SHAKERS IN LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT IN THE WORLD

Dr. Srini Pillay –  Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School, Psychiatrist, brain-imaging researcher, author, friend and fellow artist – sent me exciting news about his NeuroBusiness Group (NBG) which has been nominated to Training Industry’s WatchList of the Top 20 Movers and Shakers in Leadership Development in the world. I send my congratulations to Srini Pillay and his team. I’m pleased to honour this great achievement with one of my recent artworks ( I know that Srini likes this picture I took from a waste-container in Amsterdam City center ). 

 Roberto Alborghetti Laceractions Amsterdam II (7)

Srini Pillay and his team wrote me: “We are delighted to share some fantastic news with you. After only 48 weeks as a start-up, NeuroBusiness Group (NBG) has been nominated to Training Industry’s WatchList of the Top 20 Movers and Shakers in Leadership Development in the world. We are very excited about this recognition – based on new and innovative service offerings, unique approach to leadership development solutions, commitment to thought leadership and quality of initial clients – as well as the quality of our company in this category which includes such notable firms as Miller Heiman, Inc. and Raytheon Professional Services, LLC.”

Srini Pillay and his NBG team say: “In the past year, we have developed more than 300 learning modules (of 1-6 hours in length each), filed three technology patents, developed four divisions of NBG and attracted a wide variety of diverse clientele worldwide. We are grateful to our clients for recognizing our commitment to excellence and cutting-edge approaches that integrate brain science, organizational psychology, and results-driven business research. We are also grateful to our partners who are such a vital part of our ongoing commitment to improving the quality of lives of all people within and outside of corporations. Our technology partners have been instrumental in allowing us to tie all of our learning to business impact – watch out for our new enterprise system coming to beta in April 2013. We look forward to keeping you in the loop with some very exciting new developments ahead… ”

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Related article:

The Science Behind The Law Of Attraction/Srini Pillay interviewed by Roberto Alborghetti

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SRINIVASAN PILLAY, M.D. CEO: NeuroBusiness Group; Assistant Clinical Professor: Harvard Medical School; Author: Life Unlocked: 7 Revolutionary Lessons to Overcome Fear (Rodale, 2010), Your Brain and Business: The Neuroscience of Great Leaders (FT Press, 2011); The Science Behind The Law of Attraction (NBG, 2011)

 www.neurobusinessgroup.com

TALKIN’ TO BRAIN IN POSITIVE: THE LAW OF ATTRACTION / SRINI PILLAY WORDS + ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI ART

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Srini Pillay’s words from his book “The Science Behind The Law Of Attraction” +  Roberto Alborghetti artpiece from his “Lacer/actions” Project (images of torn and decomposed publicity posters and urban signs). 

In his recent workbook “The Science behind the Law of Attraction” Dr. Srini Pillay draws on his experience as a Harvard psychiatrist and brain-imaging researcher. He describes seven scientific laws that explain how “The Law of Attraction” works. Whether the goal is weight loss, a romantic relationship, financial success or happiness, Dr. Pillay explains how we can draw on brain science to make sense of “The Law of Attraction.”

Artwork: “Talkin’ to Brain in Positive”, Canvas+Mixed media, 43×70 / Image location: Amsterdam, 2012 / Roberto Alborghetti Lacer/actions — Images Of Torn (publi)City. Soundtrack: “Antonios Giraffe” by The Makrosoft 

“NINE ELEVEN 2001, NEW YORK” / REMEMBERING A TRAGEDY THROUGH ART

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Lacer/actions Artworks by Roberto Alborghetti.

In memory of 2.974 Victims&Martyrs.

In the 11th Anniversary of WTC massacre.

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Title of the work:

“Victims & Martyrs: The Blood’s Tracks # 2 – Nine Eleven 2001, New York”

Canvas + Mixed media, 2011, 46,5 x 70 cm

Silk scarf created in collaboration with textile designer Bruno Boggia

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NINE ELEVEN:  REMEMBERING A TRAGEDY THROUGH ART

From an article by dr. SRINI PILLAY, Psychiatrist, Harvard clinician, brain imaging researcher, author of “The Life Unlocked”, “Your Brain and Business: the Neuroscience of the great leaders”, “The Science behind the Law of Attraction” , The Huffington Post columnist

Nine eleven did not just affect America.  It affected the world. Roberto Alborghetti was walking along Vico Street in Milan last spring when his eyes suddenly fell upon an image: red and black and described by him as either “hands, arms, fire tongues or hydrants,” he began to see the primal theme that this image represented.

Besides, it was a torn poster on a wall, and its urban origins were undeniable.  He looked on more closely, and as his mind wandered over several images, it landed on one that seemed to him most like what this was.  These, says Alborghetti, are: “..scenes in which the earth cries its fury to the sky, and the sky answers with its blood teardrops.”  Seeing the tragedy, he immediately made an association to one that had touched him very deeply: 9/11.  Knowing that he wanted to dedicate this one, of his poster images, to 9/11, he reproduced the image on canvas. He also approached the textiles designer Bruno Boggia who suggested that Alborghetti make a silk scarf with the image.  He did…  He plans to donate the scarf to a Fallen’s relative association.  Intrigued by this man’s penchant to represent this gruesome event as art, I probed more deeply to try to understand his psychology.  Was this just a random act on his part?  Did it actually mean anything to him?  And was there something that we in America could learn from this? “Art,” says Alborghetti, “is a reflection of reality.”  More precisely, he saw this piece of art as a scar that says that the world’s problems cannot be solved by violence and war– a memory of the horror of 9/11.  But was that thoughtful, or simply macabre?   “What was it in you that made you respond to this massive destruction with creation?” I asked, somewhat incredulously.  He answered that the poster seemed to depict both the tragedy and the possibility of a new life where earth (grey) and sky (red) meet each other to give origin to new colors, new days and new lives.   He was pointing to a certain resilience that we all have – to how in the face of massive destruction, you may break our buildings, but you cannot break our spirit.  He should know:  Alborghetti’s father was one of the few survivors of the terrible Kefalonia massacre (Greece, September 1943) where 8,000 young Italian young soldiers were killed by the Wehrmacht German army. He was injured, captured and segregated in a concentration camp. Alborghetti reflects: “An unutterable experience. And…slaughter!…I think that only his will to make peace with those awful years – talkin’ about them and… smilin’ too – has saved him, since then, from mind and body disease… “ In this time of remembering 9/11, psychological research and brain science support Alborghetti’s approach to representing tragedy in the beauty of art.  Visual beauty is registered in the brain in the medial OFC (orbitofrontal cortex) – a brain region known for its role in flexibility in thinking and reward (https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/research/browse/show-publication?pub_id=324591&source_id=2)  Beauty resides here too.  It could stimulate the necessary flexibility in our thinking by encouraging us not to lose ourselves in remembering the tragedy but also seeing the beauty in our resilience as a nation as well as the possibilities for recovery.  Studies also show that the perception of beauty activates brain regions, which move us toward the beautiful image or away from it if we think it ugly. (http://jn.physiology.org/content/91/4/1699.full.pdf)  To a certain extent, this gels well with Alborghettis’s intention in the art. Also, art and beauty offer potential forms of healing for all of us. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15152417)  Visual art not only represents the unconscious of the artist (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11455363) but  also taps into our unconscious brains (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19230327) leading us to parts of ourselves that are often untouched by everyday discourse.  For this reason, it does allow for a special kind of healing. I asked him: “Is your message in your art to America or the entire world?  Why?” He responded that his art was for all who would accept it – that art is a universal language – and that this memory was for all people who care to ask themselves some questions and who will allow emotions and feelings to grow in them. When we think of art representing tragedy, it raises all kinds of questions.  Can we really make art of an experience where people have lost loved ones?  Can we truly justify directing people toward beauty when there is such tragedy?  The beauty of abstract art – and of Alborghetti’s art in particular, is that it is in invitation for us to project what we will onto the piece.  We do so anyway – even when human forms, gardens and ponds protect us with their explicit forms in Impressionist and Renaissance paintings.  Art, as I substantiated above, is a form of healing whose effects we can see in the brain. From a psychological perspective, art is an amazing way to mourn.  When it is as beautiful as Alborghetti’s, it invites us to revisit the tragedy of terrorism, the horror of loss, and the beauty of our own resilience as we make our way through this mysterious life.

SRINI PILLAY

THE HUFFINGTON POST

9/9/2011

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Roberto Alborghetti “LaceR/Actions” is a multidisciplinary project about torn and decomposed publicity posters. Realistic images captured on the streets around the world are transferred on canvases, lithographs, textiles, glass, videoclips…

TALKIN’ TO MY BRAIN IN POSITIVE – LACER/ACTIONS POSTCARDS # 3

LACER/ACTIONS POSTCARDS – BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

Images of Torn (publi)City

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TALKIN’ TO MY BRAIN IN POSITIVE

Roberto Alborghetti ‘s LaceR/Actions is a multidisciplinary project and research about urban signs, especially concerning the apparent chaos of ripped posters and urban signs.

Transferred on canvas, reproduced on lithographs or textiles (as pure silk), or scanned in videoclips, the details of torn posters give new life to paper lacerations, as you may see in this “postcard”, inspired by Srini Pillay’s words from his book “The Science Behind The Law Of Attraction”.

PSYCHE & ART: THE LAW OF ATTRACTION / NEW CLIP WITH SRINI PILLAY WORDS AND ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI IMAGES

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THE LAW OF ATTRACTION / Clip at Animoto

 

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A new clip to celebrate 10.000 views at Lacer-azioni YouTube channel. The video presents Srini Pillay’s words from his book “The Science Behind The Law Of Attraction” +  Roberto Alborghetti artpiece from his “Lacer/actions” Project (images of torn posters and urban signs).

 

In his recent workbook “The Science behind the Law of Attraction” Dr. Srini Pillay draws on his experience as a Harvard psychiatrist and brain-imaging researcher. He describes seven scientific laws that explain how “The Law of Attraction” works. Whether the goal is weight loss, a romantic relationship, financial success or happiness, Dr. Pillay explains how we can draw on brain science to make sense of “The Law of Attraction.”

The artwork showed in the clip is: “Talkin’ to My Brain in Positive”, Canvas+Mixed media, 43×70 / Image location: Amsterdam, 2012 / Roberto Alborghetti Lacer/actions – Images Of Torn (publi)City. Soundtrack: Antonio Giraffe, by  Makrosoft.