Experiments in Perception

In this seminar, participants will get the basic knowledge of auditory and visual perception through demonstrations and reenactments of scientific experiments and perceptual phenomena. Additionally, we will explore related artistic, architectural, scientific and philosophic texts and works in readings, presentations and discussions.

Besides the introduction to principles of visual and auditory perception, we'll discuss ideas from different disciplines that initiated a change in the understanding of perception. 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, 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.



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

Language: English

Yutaka Makino was born in Tochigi, Japan, in 1976. He studied Earth Science, Computer Music and Visual Arts in Japan, Europe, and the USA. He lives and works in Berlin. Based on research in phenomenology, experimental psychology, psycho/acoustics, social sciences, and system theory, Makino tests the process of perception in performances and installation works. His works provide visually and acoustically conditioned environments which make different modes of perception tangible to the perceivers and provoke reflection on the act of 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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