More Eyes: Neuroscience, Visual Art and Dance in Dialogue

-A Collective Speculative Research Journey

In 2018 Swedish Visual artist Per Huttner and choreographer Carima Neusser organised a series of public events in Mexico City, Los Angeles and Sao Paulo. The events brought together participants from visual art, choreography, neuroscience, philosophy as well as science and technology studies. In a second phase, the project will lead to a series of public events in Stockholm in 2020.

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In 2018, the events were collective, speculative and investigated what the every day life of humans would be like if our bodies were equipped with more eyes than the two we have. What would that mean for human anatomy, the body’s movements, our philosophy, technology, fashion and art? The events also investigated how technology offer eyes to see and embody experiences that were previously out of reach for us. The collaborating artists and researchers latched onto an exploration that mankind has engaged in since the time of first telescope and microscope.

 

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1. Mexico City

Together with independent researcher Sandra Gonzales Santos and philosopher of mind Miguel Angel Sebastian, Per Huttner and Carima Neusser will organise a performative guided tour through the marvelous Biblioteca Vasconcelos in Mexico City. The goal of shifting the perception and understanding of the world that surrounds us ever so slightly for a small audience of 20 people. Together they investigate how having and extra eye attached or integrated to the body open novel perspectives on our every day experience. What would that mean for human anatomy, the body’s movements, our philosophy, technology, fashion and art? They will  look into how technology can offer eyes to see and embody experiences that were previously out of reach for us, an exploration that mankind has engaged in since the time of first telescope and microscope. This tradition continues now that man can control rovers on Mars or carry out surgery via the internet using modern technology. Together the four will undertake a speculative journey that will trigger the imagination of the audience and allow philosophy, science and technology studies, visual art and choreography to meet in a fun and challenging way.

More information (in Spanish) here.

 

 

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2. Los Angeles

Join Swedish visual artists Per Huttner, Brittany Ransom and choreographer Carima Neusser for a workshop that is an collective and speculative investigation into what every day human life would be like if our bodies were equipped with more eyes than the two we have. What would that mean for human anatomy, the body’s movements, philosophy, technology, fashion and art? Participants will investigate how technology can offer eyes to see and embody experiences that were previously out of reach for us–from the invention of the first telescope and microscope to surgeons operating through the internet, as well as man controlling the Mars Rover from earth, and more.

Together participants will search for new questions and perspectives, and use their creative practices to imagine alternative futures and pasts. How can this speculative thought experiment influence our future?

Torrance Art Museum, 3320 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA, 90503

 

 

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3. Sao Paulo
- Alvaro Machado Dias, Neuroscientist, Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP)
- Lia Chaia, artist, Sao Paulo
- Siri Jennefelt, composer, Stockholm

OC Oswaldo de Andrade invites you an open and experimental laboratory where neuroscience, art, dance and music together look for new forms of understanding the world. As an audience member you will enjoy a mix of short presentations, performances, videos and collective exercises that all reflect on how we as humans perceive the world through the body and through vision. Both science and the arts share similar and different understandings on how our inner and outer worlds are shaped and interact: How can the thinking around these questions, the feeling of our bodies inform how we take in the world? Can we activate our senses in new an unexpected ways by learning about ourselves and about life together?

By allowing these ideas to co-exist the participants and audience will learn and develop together. Each presentation offers research questions, possible answers and solutions rather than facts. You, as an audience member therefore play an important part in the ongoing research, exchanges and your contribution can inform the form and content of the event.

Alvaro Machado Dias will talk about how meditation has changed how neuroscience understands the world and invites the audience to make a meditative practice with a drummer. Lia Chaia will present videos of her work and make a group exercise. Per Huttner, Carima Neusser and Siri Jennefelt will present a video performance. The event will end by a collective discussion where everyone can share their views.

The event in Sao Paulo has been developed in collaboration with researcher at Federal University of Sao Paulo Vinicius Spricigo

 

The events in 2018 are funded by Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse, The City of Stockholm, The Swedish Arts Grants committee and the Swedish Arts Council.