Brainwash Festival

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Brainwash Festival in Amsterdam: On 24 October 2015, twelve hourse of immersion in a sea of thoughts and ideas. In all theaters around the Nes. Programma information of the website van Brainwash Festival. In Dutch: met o.a. in de Brakke Grond Marita Mathijsen, Wouter Kusters en Patricia Pisters over waanzin in de letteren, de filosofie en op het scherm. 

The Magic of Cinema to Unlock one Man's Coma-bound World

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An Alfred Hitchcock filmhelped to prove one patient had been conscious while in a coma-like state for 16 years. The discovery shows that neuroscience may still have lots to learn from the ancient art of storytelling. Read this amazing story on the BBC website

Histories of Violence

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Brad Evans' insightful website Histories of Violence for explorations of all dimensions of violence.

Dance of the Neurons

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Jody Oberfelder's wonderful Dance of the Neurons on Vimeo

Splendid Red Desert

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Between 12 September and 17 January an exhibition and retrospective on Michelangelo Anonioni's masterpieces of cinema in EYE. Including one of the most beautiful films of modern film history: Red Desert (1964). Breathtaking brain chemistry of colors of the industrial world. As Antonioni says to Godard in an interview in Cahiers du Cinema in 1964: 'In Red Desert the emotions are taken for granted.. Giuliana's crisis is buried deep inside her; it's almost imperceptible. ... Even though we don't realize it, our lives are dominated by industry. And by 'industry' I don't just mean the factories themselves but also their products. They are all over our houses, made of plastic materials that, up to a few years ago, were totally unknown. They are brightly colored, and they chase after us everywhere. They haunt us from the advertisements, which appeal ever more subtly to our psychology, to our subconscious. I would go as far as to say that, by setting the story of Red Desert in the world of factories, I have gotten to the source of that crisis that, like a river, collects together a thousand tributaries and then bursts out into a delta, overflowing its banks and drowning everything.... I think that if we learn to adapt ourselves to the new techniques of life, perhaps than we will find new solutions to our problems.'

Symmetry Film Debate Art Science

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In de dans- en operafilm Symmetry en de bijbehorende documentaireSymmetry Unravelled komen de kunsten en wetenschap op een bijzondere wijze samen. Filmmaker Ruben van Leer combineerde dans en opera met de hightech omgeving van de Large Hadron Collider in het Zwitserse Cern.

Naar aanleiding van beide films organiseert de Akademie van Kunsten een kritisch debat over de relatie tussen kunst en wetenschap. Kunnen kunstenaars en wetenschappers nog van elkaar leren? En zo ja, wat en hoe? Hoe stappen kunstenaars en wetenschappers over de grenzen heen van hun eigen disciplines en welke vaardigheden zijn daarvoor nodig? Ook het feit dat CERN een kunstbeleid voert is interessant. Waarom doen ze dat, hoe doen ze dat, en wat hopen ze er mee te bereiken?

Datum: 24 september 2015 19.00 - 20.00

Locatie: KNAW Het Trippenhuis  - Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam

Het programma:

  • Welkom door Barbara Visser, Akademie van Kunsten
  • Korte inleiding op de film en documentaire door Ruben van Leer, filmmaker
  • Vertoning Symmetry en Symmetry Unravelled
  • Aftrap debat door Ariane Koek, Founding Director Arts@CERN
  • Debat onder leiding van Jan van den Berg, Theater- en filmmaker

Met:

  • Lukas Timulak, danser en choreograaf
  • Ruben van Leer, filmmaker
  • Stan Bentvelsen, hoogleraar theoretische natuurkunde en directeur van het Instituut voor Hoge Energie Fysica UvA
  • Martin Scheffer, hoogleraar ecologie Wageningen Universiteit
  • Patricia Pisters, hoogleraar filmwetenschap Universiteit van Amsterdam
  • Barbara Visser, beeldend kunstenaar en voorzitter Akademie van Kunsten
  • Ariane Koek, oprichter Arts@CERN