Seeing with Eyes Closed
Friday 23rd March, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, h. 19,00 – Seeing with Eyes Closed
In 2010, the Deutsche Guggenheim and the Association of Neuroesthetics (AoN) inaugurated the discussion series “Art and Neuroscience” as a forum for exchanging information between the two disciplines. Following the first two rounds of talks “The Utopia of Communication” and “When Neuroscience meets Filmmaking”, this time the focus will be on the immeasurable realm of subjective experience and on its potentiality to stretch the boundaries of our conceptual tools and methods.
How do we make sense of what we see without knowing what it is that we are looking at? Can we construct spatiotemporal forms purely based on ‘imagination’? To what extent may different brains show similar activities in spite of differences in subjective experience? To what extent is our perception of reality constructed and altered by the intrinsic build-up of our brains rather than neural responses to stimuli that are strictly ‘out there’?
The discussion takes these questions from the ongoing project Seeing with Eyes Closed by artist Ivana Franke with neuroscientist Ida Momennejad as a point of inquiry. Seeing with Eyes Closed is an invitation to reflect on how the inner and outer space together construct appearances of the real, and on the boundary between public and intimate space.
Participants include Ivana Franke, Ida Momennejad, the artist Carsten Nicolai, the critic
Niklas Maak and the discussion will be moderated by the neuroscientist Daniel Margulies.
The event is hosted by Deutsche Guggenheim and the Association of Neuroesthetics and co-curated by Elena Agudio for the Association of Neuroesthetics.
Ivana Franke’s installation will be on view in the Atrium of Deutsche Bank and can be experienced from March 23rd to March 25th during the opening hours of Deutsche Guggenheim, 10 am – 8 pm.
March 23rd 2012 / 7 pm
Friedrichsaal, Deutsche Bank;
Unter den Linden 13-15
(entrance Charlottenstraße 37)