Philipp Lachenmann: DELPHI Rationale


Symposium “Art and Neuroscience in Dialogue”

29.05.2013, Berlin, Venice | On the occasion of the Biennale di Venizia the Association of Neuroesthetics, Berlin (AoN) organizes on May 31, 2013 at Peggy Guggenheim Library in Venice a symposium on the theme “Embodied cognition, body perception and intersubjectivity. An interdisciplinary dialogue addressing Tino Sehgal’s work“. The symposium is funded by the Ernst Schering Foundation as it promotes the dialogue between science and the arts at a fundamental level.

Over the past decade, neuroscience has become an active member in a dialogue that was previously reserved for the humanities and the arts. Topics such as the relationship between the mind and the body, empathy and social behaviour, and concepts of consciousness now constitute growing areas of neuroscientific inquiry and interdisciplinary dialogue.

To extend the discussion to the domain of contemporary art, this symposium will focus on the work of Tino Sehgal. In his artistic practise, exemplified in his recent piece “This Variation”, Sehgal broaches questions of body perception and embodied cognition. In keeping with the AoN’s mission of creating a forum for discussion of current neuroscientific research alongside contemporary artistic practise, Sehgal’s work provides a timely point of convergence.

Sehgal’s pieces are choreographic installations, whose materials are the human voice, movement, and interaction. They are regularly staged in museums or galleries, and continuously executed by trained individual — Sehgal refers to them as “interpreters” — for the entire duration of a show. The artworks arise from the constructed situations between the audience and the interpreters of the pieces: the reaction or even participation of the spectator gives the possibility for the work to actually happen. No documentation or reproduction is allowed, and they continue to exist only in the memory of those who experience them.


Olaf Blanke
Founding director of the Center for Neuroprosthetics, Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Cognitive Neuroprosthetics at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and Professor of Neurology at the University Hospital of Geneva, Switzerland

Bernard Blistène
Director of the department of cultural development at Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Alain Dagher
Neurologist at the Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Jörg Fingerhut
Humboldt-University of Berlin / University of Stuttgart, Germany

Vittorio Gallese
Professor of Human Physiology at the University of Parma, Italy

Noah Hutton
Graduate of Wesleyan University (art history and neuroscience) and founder of the website “The Beautiful Brain”, USA

Caroline A. Jones
Director of the History, Theory, and Criticism Section of the Department of Architecture at MIT, Cambridge; USA

Christine Macel
Founding member of the AoN and Chief Curator of the Musée national d’art moderne – Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Alva Noë
Writer and a philosopher, Berkeley and New York, USA

Daria Parkhomenko
Director of LABORATORIA Art&Science Space in Moscow; Russia

Andrea Pinotti
Teacher of Aesthetics at the University of Milan, Italy

Sigrid Weigel
Director of the “Centre for Literary and Cultural Research” in Berlin, Germany

For further information on the event and the speakers, please click here .

The symposium is a closed event. It is funded by the Ernst Schering Foundation, Allianz Kulturstiftung and ERES Stiftung.


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