Exp. Seminar Experiments in Perception

The Exp. Seminar will introduce basic knowledge in auditory and visual perception through demonstrations and reenactments of scientific experiments and perceptual phenomena. Furthermore, related artistic, architectural, scientific and philosophic texts and works will be explored in readings, presentations and discussions.

Besides the introduction to principles of visual and auditory perception, ideas from different disciplines that initiated a change in the understanding of perception will be discussed. These disciplines include philosophy, phenomenology, neuroscience, and psychology. Works by various artists working across sensory modalities will be introduced and discussed in the class. The reading list includes texts by James J. Gibson, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Francisco Varela, David Marr, among others, besides recent papers from scientific journals. Participants are encouraged to develop and present projects, new or existing, which are related to topics of the class.




28.06 – Artists' Use of Human Beings
29.06 – Introduction to Visual Perception
30.06 – Introduction to Auditory Perception
01.07 – Presentations & Discussion


Language: English

Requirements: None

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. He lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Fukuoka, Japan. 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 and the perceivers’ behavioral responses to the environment.
He exhibited and performed in numerous institutions and festivals: Akademie der Künste, daadgalerie and Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Japan Society New York, Donaueschinger Musiktage, MärzMusik, CTM Festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Sónar, Sonic Acts, among others. He has received prizes, fellowships and residencies, such as Prix Ton Bruynèl, the DAAD’s Artists-in-Berlin Program, Villa Aurora Los Angeles, McDowell Colony, Japanese Agency of Cultural Affairs, Pola Art Foundation among others. He is an associate professor at the Faculty of Design at Kyushu University, Japan.



Run period:
28.06.2018 – 01.07.2018
Course time:
10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Application Deadline:

Course fee:
EUR 430

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