Area 7 lab: Metagames on Art and Computational Neuroscience
Thursday, October 18, 7 pm
Thursday, 18 October, 7 p.m.
Artistic discussions with scientific topics, often under labels such as art-science, bio-art, etc., usually focus on experimentally gained knowledge. This perspective is obvious, but negates the current importance of theoretical components not only in physics, but also in cognitive and life sciences since the advent of psychophysics.
Due to the change in scientific methodology in connection with the realization that pure observation is no longer sufficient due to the complexity of the state of investigation, theory and concept are gaining in importance, as in the direction of contemporary conceptual art, which explores the fundamentals of materiality and mediality through game mechanics.
The neuroscientist Stefan Glasauer (Bernstein Center LMU Munich/ Computational Neuroscience BTU Cottbus) and the media-epistemologist and artist Margarete Jahrmann (Game Design Zürcher Hochschule der Künste) develop installations, performances and playful stagings with which they establish and demonstrate connections between technologies, metaphors of the neurosciences and their social significance. Using case studies and artistic works, they discuss topics such as artificial neural networks, deep dreaming, cognitive mechanisms and artistically researching ludic methods.