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

Experiment, Experience, Exploration

This course is designed for undergraduate and graduate students of different fields to gain knowledge on perception through experiences in experiments on perception and demonstrations of different perceptual phenomena. The experiments on perception will be performed and discussed in relation to contemporary artworks in order to understand the intertwined history of art and psychology.

In addition to the experiments, concepts stemming from different disciplines that initiated a change in the understanding of perception in art and in its respective fields, such as philosophy, phenomenology, neuroscience, and psychology, will be discussed. The reading materials include texts by James J. Gibson, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Francisco Varela, among others, plus recent papers from scientific journals.

Participants will be encouraged to develop and present new or existing projects that are related to the topics of the class.


Monday - 04.10.2021 – The Artists' Use of Human Beings
Thursday - 07.10.2021 – The Experiments I
Monday - 11.10.2021 – The Experiments II
Thursday - 14.10.2021 – The Experiments III & 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. 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:
04.10.2021 – 14.10.2021
Course time:
10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Application Deadline:

Course fee:
EUR 390

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