Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, attempted to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all of art: How did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer ("Girl with a Pearl Earring") manage to paint so photo-realistically -- 150 years before the invention of photography? The epic research project Tim embarked on to test his theory was as extraordinary as what he discovered. Spanning eight years, Tim's adventure took him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces, on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney, and even to Buckingham Palace to see a Vermeer masterpiece in the collection of the Queen. Tim’s quest became the subject of the acclaimed documentary, Tim’s Vermeer.

At UX Week, Tim will discuss living with a case of incurable “Vermeereal Disease,” and the engaged curiosity which enabled him to survive all manner of peril, including frustration, boredom, and a near poisoning by carbon monoxide.