David Chalmers (b. 1966) is world-renowned in the field of the philosophy of consciousness. Excelling at mathematics at the University of Adelaide in the mid 1980s, Chalmers was awarded a Rhodes scholarship at Oxford, but in 1989 chose to join the graduate program in philosophy at Indiana University, USA. There he wrote his doctoral thesis, 'Toward a theory of consciousness', which became the influential book The Conscious Mind: In search of a fundamental theory (1996). Currently Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Consciousness at the Australian National University, Chalmers is attentive to the role of subjective experience in consciousness as much as he is interested in neuroscience and the psychology of consciousness. In essence, Chalmers seeks to determine a set of fundamental principles that connect physical processes to consciousness.
Layered portraits from the collection
This display sets two impressive portraits from the collection into direct dialogue: Sam Jinks’ sculptural self portrait and Nick Mourtzakis’ painted portrait of David Chalmers, along with related maquette and sketches.Together they explore physical and psychological manifestations of the strata of self-hood.
A non-material and non-physical portrait
Lecture, 21 May 2011
Inner Worlds features the recently commissioned portrait of world-renowned philosopher of consciousness David Chalmers by Melbourne-based artist Nick Mourtzakis.
Portraits and Psychology
Portraits of Australia’s pioneering psychologists and artworks by artists fascinated by the subconscious mind.