TCIN Artist in Residence – 2024

Trinity College, Dublin



Cian McLoughlin is announced as the Artist in Residence at the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience (TCIN) for the year 2024.


In this new role, McLoughlin will be immersed in a research environment at the forefront of interdisciplinary exploration at the intersection of artificial intelligence, deep neural networks, developmental psychology and neuroscience. In this capacity, McLoughlin will create a new body of work inspired by the pioneering research being conducted by the Foundations of Cognition Project Team (FOUNDCOG) in Trinity’s Cusack Laboratory. The team are using awake fMRI, deep neural networks and behaviour testing to study the brain, perception and cognition of babies between 2 and 9 months old. 


Their work is driven by enquiries such as, ‘What are infants seeing? What are they thinking? And how are they learning?’, ‘Can deep learning, the technology underlying modern artificial intelligence, provide a testable model of how human infants learn about their world through vision?’, ‘What can deep learning technology and neuro-imaging tell us about our own subjective experience?’

This year long collaboration between McLoughlin and TCIN has been generously supported by Science Foundation Ireland and will culminate in a series of lectures and in-conversation events featuring artists, educators and neuroscientists working at the intersection of art and science and an exhibition in the Molesworth Gallery, Dublin in November 2024. This show will coincide with. 

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Artist Bio:

McLoughlin is a multidisciplinary artist whose work fuses traditional art materials and techniques with modern tools and technologies. Oil paint, pastels, and canvas are used in combination with CO2 laser cutters, 3D printers, graphics generators, and digital colour systems. He examines the transformative impact of technology on painting, creating visual scenarios where no single, valid interpretation exists, offering insights into the processes underlying perception and subjective experience. His work aims to understand humans as embodied, interdependent continua of psycho-physical processes and to provide a perspective on the challenge of being emotional creatures in a mathematical world.

April 26, 2024