Exp. — Questions of Perception in Art and Science

In this seminar, participants will be introduced a 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 art works will be explored in readings, presentations and discussions.

Besides the introduction to principles of perception, 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 in relation to contemporary artworks and understand the intertwined history of art and psychology.

25.06. – Artists' Use of Human Being
26.06. – Introduction to Visual Perception
27.06. – Introduction to Auditory Perception
28.06. – Presentations & Discussion

Language: English

This workshop is presented in cooperation with the Studium Generale at the Berlin University of the Arts. Thus the workshop group is a mixture of regular students of the UDK and international participants.

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.



Charles Niveleau (born in 1982, France) graduated in Interdisciplinary Studies (EHESS), Cognitive Sciences (ENS) and Philosophy (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) in Paris where he currently works as a teacher and researcher. Before completing his Ph.D. dissertation he was a full-time researcher at the Husserl Archives (CNRS UMR 8547, Paris), then a visiting scholar at the Otto Selz-Institute (Mannheim) and the MPIWG (Berlin). His research is both historical and epistemological : (i) How phenomenology was related to the development of natural sciences and the emerging experimental psychology from the mid- to the late- nineteenth century in Central Europe? (ii) What kind of experimental methods should be used to study perceptual phenomena? Some of his results have been published in Vers une philosophie scientifique. Le programme de Brentano (Paris, Démopolis 2014); and The bounds of naturalism: Experimental constraints and phenomenological requiredness (Paris, Kimé, 2015). Since 2014, he is on the editorial board of the French-language journal Intellectica specialized in the domain of cognitive science. He is also completing a manuscript on Gibson’s ecological approach in perception.

Run period:
25.06.2020 – 28.06.2020
Course time:
10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Application Deadline:

Course fee:
EUR 430

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