I’m looking for assistants to help research and contact:
- press outlets (e.g. websites, blogs, newspapers, television, etc)
- art and/or neuroscience organizations
- educational organizations
- artist agents, etc.
Over the next month, I need help to generate an international wave of publicity for a National Science Foundation funded project I am working on out of the University of Pennsylvania that fuses art and science to create the world’s most elaborate and complex artistic depiction of the human brain. This piece will give an unprecedented view into the human brain for both the lay public and professional neuroscientists alike and will be installed at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in June. The point of this project is to completely transform the way in which the average person thinks about the brain. I and my genius collaborator Dr. Brian Edwards have spent essentially four years of our lives dedicated to this work and are now poised to finally unveil this massive piece of art to raise awareness and consciousness about the organ most important to our humanity. It is about connecting people, about inspiring a new generation of brain scientists, and about allowing us to marvel at the utterly insane complexity that is the human brain. Here are a few preliminary images and a link describing the project a bit more:
You will be able to help us by researching useful contacts in the scientific, artistic, museum, and mass media worlds to solicit press for this important project (i.e. magazines, newspapers, social media, television, blogs, websites, foundations, museums, relevant organizations in neuroscience, art, psychology, education, etc). I will also want to organize speaking tours around the USA and eventually internationally to give talks to universities, scientific institutions, art museums and organizations, etc.
Great candidates will be comfortable with scientific vocabulary and topics and/or a knowledge of the art world. If you are bilingual in Spanish, Arabic, German, French, Japanese, Russian, or Mandarin/Cantonese that is a huge plus as well as I’d like to publicize this work internationally.
As at least some of your work will be in reaching out via email, please demonstrate your skills in written communication and attention to detail by briefly answering the following questions:
1. Please tell me a bit about yourself- name, profession, interests.
2. How familiar are you with the field of neuroscience?
3. How familiar are you with the art world (museums, galleries, publications, etc)?
4. Do you have experience in marketing? If so, what?
5. How many hours a week can you devote to this project?
6. Why does this work interest you and what do you think you can contribute?
7. Please give me a sample of 3-5 places you would think to contact in order to solicit articles or publicity about this project. As everybody will have a different set of contacts and expertise, I want to direct everybody to their strongest area. Tell me in what fields you would be most comfortable making contacts.
8. Please, let me know if you fluently speak any of the languages I mentioned above.
Though this initial round of research would be unpaid, if by the first week of May you have demonstrated that you can significantly contribute to this project, I am open to extending this position longer than that time period to one or more applicants that have demonstrated their value. If you are chosen to continue on as a RA, I can offer payment of $12/hr beginning in the first week of May.
After everybody is oriented and knows exactly what they will be doing (I’d imagine about a week or two of figuring things out and sending emails to make sure we are all clear on everything), I will get you started on doing research, collecting contacts, emailing people, etc.
Please follow all of the directions above in your note. As I am anticipating a decent sized response on this, in order to be considered please make sure that your email is clear and concise and addresses all of the above points. If it is not I may be unable to respond. I am unfortunately slammed for time right now and I need to make sure that those I work with are excellent at following directions and are capable of doing great work on their own.
I very much look forward to your response, and am excited to start working together to show this work to the world!
Deadline for applications: Monday, April 11th
(greg (at) gregadunn.com)
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