Daria Martin, Schering Stiftung Projektraum


Art with neuroscience on a par

17.11.2017, Berlin | In June 2017, the Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience launched an open call inviting artists to approach cutting-edge research questions in computational neuroscience from an artistic perspective. The open call was headlined “On Display – An Artistic View on Computational Neuroscience. ” In October, the Berlin-based Japanese artist Yutaka Makino was selected by an international jury of renowned professionals in science and art. Makino has an extensive interdisciplinary artistic profile at the intersection of art, music, philosophy, architecture and not least science. Over the course of the next months, he will be working closely with researchers from the Bernstein Network. The project’s outcome will be presented to the public at a Science & Society Session, funded by the Schering Stiftung, at the Bernstein Conference in Berlin on September 26–28, 2018.


Makino’s proposed installation provides a multisensory experimental set-up. It focuses on the perception of motion and spatial orientation, in particular on the subjective perception of time as a key influential factor. Subjective time perception is altered when people are asked to perform a mentally demanding task. As a result, people tend to perceive the time they need as shorter than the actual elapsed time. To Makino, it is thus well worth exploring how this altered perception of time also affects our perception of space and our self-orientation. In his set-up, an installation without stable markers, the experienced behaviours and memories of the visitors will be constantly challenged.

In the weeks and months to come, Makino intends to collaborate with the clinical neuroscientist Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Thomas Brandt and the head of the Center for Sensorimotor Research Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Glasauer, both scientists at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience in Munich. The artist is excited about this prospect: “I believe my practice enormously benefits from their research in motion perception and the perception of spatial orientation. Together with them and their teams, I hope to discover a research subject, which holds significance for both science and art.”

About the artist

Yutaka Makino was born in Tochigi, Japan in 1976. He studied Earth science, computer music and visual arts in Japan, the Netherlands and the USA. Since 2010, he lives and works in Berlin. On the basis of research into areas such as phenomenology, experimental psychology, psychoacoustics, neuroscience and systems theory, Makino probes the processes of perception in experimental setups. His performances and installations provide acoustically and visually conditioned environments that make processes of perception tangible to the perceivers and provoke reflection on the acts of perception.

Further information

The project is funded by the Ernst Schering Foundation and the Bernstein Association for Computational Neuroscience.



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