Online: Exp. — Questions of Perception in Art and Science

In this seminar, participants will be introduced to the basic knowledge of perceptual processes through demonstrations of different perceptual phenomena and reenactments of psychological experiments. Furthermore, related artistic, architectural, scientific, and philosophic texts and artworks will be explored in readings, presentations, and discussions.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this course will be facilitated online with a mixture of daily live-sessions and guided tasks to be completed.

Besides the introduction to the perception principles, we'll discuss ideas from the disciplines that initiated a change in the understanding of perception such as 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, plus recent papers from scientific journals. Participants will be encouraged to develop and present projects, new or existing, which are related to the topics of the class.

This course is designed for undergraduate and graduate students of different fields to gain knowledge on perception through experiences in experiments on perception concerning contemporary artworks and understand the intertwined history of art and psychology.


13.08. – Artists' Use of Human Being
14.08. – Introduction to Visual Perception
15.08. – Introduction to Auditory Perception
16.08. – Presentations & Discussion

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.

Makino has exhibited and performend in international art institutions and music festivals such as Akademie der Künste Berlin, daadgalerie, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Donaueschinger Musiktage, MärzMusik, CTM Festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Sonic Acts, Sonar, Cafe OTO, Japan Society, among others. He has received prizes, fellowships and residencies for his work including those granted by Prix Ton Bruynèl, the DAAD’s Artists-in-Berlin Program, Villa Aurora Los Angeles, Berlin University of the Arts, Berlin Senate Chancellery, Ernst Schering Foundation, Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience, Japanese Agency of Cultural Affairs, Pola Art Foundation among others.


Run period:
13.08.2020 – 16.08.2020
Application Deadline:

Course fee:
EUR 430

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