BRAIN
STORMS

credits: Suzanne Dikker & Matthias Oostrik / AFNI

brainstorms
16
november

16.00 – 17.30 Overture

MEASURING THE MAGIC OF MUTUAL GAZE

Is it possible to explain from a scientific point of view the reason for the deep psychological contact that occurs between two people as they stare into each other eyes incessantly?
This question was the starting point of the science art performance “Measuring the magic of the mutual gaze” at the CCC "Garage" (Moscow, 2011). During the performance neuroscientists were collecting data for the research on nonverbal visual communication. Brainstorms Symposium is the next stage of this research. Artists and scientists will tell about the results of their latest investigation, alternative theories and options for the research development prospects.

PARTICIPANTS:
Marina Abramovic, artist (Serbia – USA)
Konstantin Anokhin, neurobiologist (Russia)
Mikhail Burtsev, neuromathematician (Russia)
Alexander Kaplan, neurophysiologist (Russia)

MODERATOR:
Daria Parkhomenko, art historian (Russia)

17.30 – 18.00 Brain-pause

18.00 – 20.00 Discussion

THE BRAIN AND CREATIVITY

• Creativity: why and for what reason did it appear during the evolution of the brain?
• What does the brain do when someone creates an artwork?
• What does the brain do when someone observes an artwork?
• Geniuses – brain anomaly?
• What is artistic and scientific intuition?

PARTICIPANTS:
Marina Abramovic, artist (Serbia – USA)
 vs
Konstantin Anokhin, neurobiologist (Russia)

20.00 – 20.30 Brain-pause

20.30 – 21.30 Film

Un homme presque parfait

Director: Cecile Denjean. France, 2011, 60 min, subtitles
Technological progress today is allowing mankind to conceive of a radically «improved» human being, modeling his own species according to his wishes.

17
november

12.00 – 13.20 Discussion

THE BRAIN, RHYTHMS AND MUSIC

• How does music affect our brain?
• How does music appear?
• How does the process of thinking correlate with rhythm?
• How is emotion expressed with music?

PARTICIPANTS:
Gyorgy Buzsaki, neurobiologist (Hungary – USA)
 vs
Marina Korsakova-Kreyn, musician (Russia – USA)

MODERATOR:
Tatiana Chernigovskaya, neurolinguist (Russia)

13.20 – 14.20 Brain-pause

14.20 – 15.40 Discussion

WHAT IS CONSCIOUSNESS ANYWAY?

• How does brain control our gaze: the power of the gaze, trueness and pretense.
• Where is the “Self” and how does the brain think about itself?
• Deceit and self-deceit. The mystery of understanding poetry.
• How do we tell a human from a cyborg or a zombie?
• Do animals have consciousness? Do children have it?

PARTICIPANTS:
Tatiana Chernigovskaya, neurolinguist (Russia)
 vs
David Dubrovskiy, philosopher (Russia)

MODERATOR:
Sergey Shutov, artist (Russia)

15.40 – 16.00 Brain-pause

16.00 – 17.20 Discussion

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: PERSPECTIVES OF ART AND SCIENCE

• What makes an object intelligent and conscious?
• Can artificial intelligence be an artist? What features should it have?
• Are there any artworks created by artificial intelligence? What are the main directions of experiments in this field?
• Can we compare artworks of the artificial intelligence with those of a human?
Should both types of creative work be viewed together or separately?

PARTICIPANTS:
Antonio Chella, robotics engineer (Italy)
 vs
Julius Popp, artist (Germany)

MODERATOR:
Mikhail Burtsev, neuromathematician (Russia)

17.20 – 18.00 Brain-pause

18.00 – 20.00 Round-table

THE BRAIN AND PERSONALITY

PARTICIPANTS:
Marina Abramovic, artist (Serbia – USA)
Konstantin Anokhin, neurobiologist (Russia)
Gyorgy Buzsaki, neurobiologist (Hungary – USA)
Mikhail Burtsev, neuromathematician (Russia)
Julius Popp, artist (Germany)
Arseniy Khitrov, philosopher (Russia)
Sergey Shutov, artist (Russia)

MODERATOR:
Lyubov Strelnikova, chemist (Russia)

20.00 – 20.30 Brain-pause

20.30 – 21.25 Film

Does my Brain have a Sex?

Director: Laure Delesalle. France, Belgium, Sweden, Greece, 2010, 52 min, subtitles

Why men and women have such different reactions to same situations? Does this difference have a biological nature? Do intellectual abilities of men and women differ? What is the role of the society in forming and defining these differences?

18
november

Private experiment

Science experiment

On November 18, the science experiment prepared by professor Alexander Kaplan on the basis of Laboratory of Neurocomputer Interfaces of Moscow State University with Marina Abramovic participation will be held. Video documentation will be avaliable on the site.

The Polytechnical Museum Lecture Hall: Novaya square, 3,4, Moscow.
ENTRANCE
2 days – 300 rubles, discount ticket – 200 rubles
1 day – 200 rubles, discount ticket – 100 rubles

CONTACTS FOR PRESS


LABORATORIA Art&Science Space
• Julia Avseneva, +7 926 585 62 81, +7 926 828 13 62 info.laboratoria@gmail.com


Polytechnical Museum
• Elena Kostyukova, +7 903 509 63 31
press@polymus.ru

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