art practices, neuroscience, and technology in the network society
The intensive training seminar took place on 14 and 15 November 2019 and brought together artists, curators, scientists and social theorists.
On November 14th:
Giorgio Griziotti took inspiration from his own book Neurocapitalism to show how the technique has always been a form of mediation between humans and the world, that is socially constructed and crossed by conflicts and bifurcations. The concept of neurocapitalism, in fact, was inspired precisely by the modalities and forms that this technological mediation takes in shaping our behaviors and our subjectivities, both individually and collectively;
Claudia Löffelholz focused on her own experience as curator and in particular on participatory art projects and social practices, citing examples of works by Pablo Helguera and Mel Chin;
Marko Tadić proposed a reflection on the value of rhythm to understand contemporary society based on Henri Lefebvre’s Rhythmanalysis and then conducted an exercise focused on listening to a contemporary trombone piece;
On November 14th:
Paolo Gallina reasoned on the relationship between brain plasticity and the external environment and, thourgh examples from his text La mente liquida (The Liquid Mind), showed how interaction with machines inevitably modifies brain processes;
Domenica Bueti spoke about the perception of time, the processes of mapping the functions connected to it and its role in the interactions of the human being with the world;
Davide Zoccolan focused on vision and how the brain uses different brain areas to go from recognizing lines to recognizing complex objects;
Davide Crepaldi focused on language learning processes and the role that statistical learning plays in it;
Vuk Ćosić, through the presentation of his artistic path, told the story of net.art and the parable of the internet from space of freedom to control instrument.
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