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Intensive Brain

“The impossibility of producing a synthetic image of the city is also connected with the fact that today the perception range of urban spatial quality is much wider. Today we compose different individual perceptual experiences within homogeneous bands: veritable editing’s of perceptual sequences. And these bands even more than single static images, are the elements that construct our identity as erratic citizens of the urbanized territory.”
– Stefano Boeri “Two Paradoxes about Multitude”

Culture is part of an open autopoetic system of heterogeneous relational flows made up of evolving sociologic, psychological, historic, spiritual and economic conditions that define and delineate it in specific temporal and …

The Epistemic Conjunctions Between Art and Science

Two images from Leonardo da Vinci: the brain and the genital urinary tract. Pen and ink drawing on the right, and sections of the head on the left hand side.

What I want to do is to use my 15 minutes here to add art to the movies and buildings of our event’s title. And, I want to offer a quick sketch of half a dozen or so relational positions between art and science. After which, if I have time, I’ll add just a few words about one instance of the effort to reflect on the representation of thought itself.…

Perception, Selection and the Brain

So, I will take the next fifteen minutes to tell you how the brain works. Good luck. Let me try to say some things about how the brain works that I think are very relevant to the discussion today, and in particular that speak to some misconceptions about how the brain works. If I can untangle them, might make it seem a bit more comprehensible about why we can produce art. William James probably got more of this right than any other single individual in history. He understood several very critical facts: 1) that consciousness is not a thing, but a process, and 2) that …

One Ground: Four Palestinian and Four Israeli Filmmakers

Well, John left us with the notion of “hold that thought,” and Ralph began to talk about the way that we construct meaning out of experience. I want to talk this morning about meaning. This symposium is predicated on the premise that scientific inquiry and new instrumentality constantly burn new information into the brain’s synoptic structure, providing us with new vocabularies, allowing us to access visual information that was previously nonexistent, unknown or inaccessible. Vanguard artists have been investigating new neurobiological models and methods as the basis for aesthetic strategies and to develop new constellations of visual meaning. …

Mediating Cultural Communities

In 1967, just after the de-colonization of Algeria, Franz Fanon wrote “being colonized by a language has large implications for one’s consciousness. To speak… is to exist absolutely for the other…it means, above all, to assume a culture, to support the weight of a civilization.” (1967: 17). Fanon’s thoughts are particularly relevant today, wherein past presents haunt the Ethernets, and people continue to don “white masks” so as to consider themselves universal subjects, equally participating in societies that advocate equality, abstracted from appearance. The real/virtual interface of global cultural relations places a heavy emphasis on the intercultural accountings of identity, memory and consciousness. …

The Organization of the Brain

Well this is just an incredible pleasure to be here, and I feel very honored to speak in the context of these incredibly interesting speakers, and I hope that I can do justice to this topic. I work in a realm of inquiry, which is not exactly art, but I am very interested in trying to understand how the brain perceives the world, and how we actually create our internal reality. And what I will do is show you a couple of examples of work that we do in a technology that we call functional magnetic resonance imaging which is a modified version of what’s …

Ping! Drape!: Revivifying the 21c. Body Electric in Australian Performance Art

This afternoon, my talk grows from questions I’d like to raise for our neuroscientists, and other discussants, namely: Does the brain know the difference between an imagined and actual reality? And if so, how? Or to put it another way, given the aging brain in terms of human life cycles, how does the brain select for valuing the imagined, yet performed there and then, as as distinct from the performed here and now?…

Neural Networks vs. Computer-Networked Environments: Cognition and Communication in Digital Art

Similarities between the functional principles of neural networks and computer networks have recently been discussed in fields as varied as new media theory, computer science, neurobiology, cognitive science, or mathematics. On a more metaphorical level, these parallels are obvious: the neural networks of our brains allow for the transmission and analysis of multiple kinds of information – on a sensoric and cognitive level; computer networks, such as the Internet and World Wide Web, equally establish environments of linked nodes that allow for the processing of information. The dream of hypermedia applications (even if it hasn’t been quite fulfilled yet) is to establish webs of associative …



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