Exp. Seminar – Experiments in Perception (Intensive Workshop)

Yutaka Makino
Exp. Seminar – Experiments in Perception

Intensive Workshop, English, 2 SWS, 2 ECTS
Thursday-Sunday, 28.6.-1.7.2018, 10-17 h, HybridLab, Villa Bell, Marchstr. 8, 10587 Berlin

Location plan: http://www.hybrid-plattform.org/ueber-uns/hybrid-lab/

The Exp. Seminar will introduce basic knowledge in auditory and visual perception through demonstrations and reenactments of scientific experiments and perceptual phenomena. Furthermore, related artistic, architectural, scientific and philosophic texts and works will be explored in readings, presentations and discussions.
Besides the introduction to principles of visual and auditory perception, ideas from different disciplines that initiated a change in the understanding of perception will be discussed. 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, besides recent papers from scientific journals. Participants are encouraged to develop and present projects, new or existing, which are related to topics of the class.

This workshop is presented in cooperation with the Berlin Summer University of the Arts. Thus the workshop-group is a mixture of regular students and international participants.

Activity requirements for the ungraded Studium Generale credits: continuous and active participation.

Focus: Forschen und Denken, Lesen, Experimentieren

Yutaka Makino was born in Tochigi, Japan in 1976. He studied Earth Science, Computer Music and Visual Arts in Japan, Europe and the USA. Today he lives and works in Berlin. On the basis of research into areas such as phenomenology, experimental psychology, psycho/acoustics, social sciences and system theory, Makino probes the processes of perception in performances and installation works. His works provide visually and acoustically conditioned environments that make different modes of perception tangible to the perceivers and provoke reflection on the acts of perception. More information on www.yutakamakino.com.