Stedelijk Statements: Worlding the Brain

Stedelijk Statements: Patricia Pisters – Worlding the Brain is the fourth edition of Stedelijk Statements, a program series in which a scholar, artist, critic, or cultural entrepreneur composes an evening at the museum. The organizer of the program is given the floor to share his or her views on visual art and design. New research and both artistic and academic projects will be presented during an evening program consisting of lectures, debates, performances, and film screenings. In this edition, Professor of Film Patricia Pisters (Media Studies, University of Amsterdam) shows how art translates subjective experiences that take place in our brain.

STATEMENT: WORLDING THE BRAIN

This evening I want to take visitors of the Stedelijk Museum on a ‘journey through the brain’ where neuroscientist, psychiatrists, artists, patients and philosophers are equal partners in dialogue. Objective knowledge about synapsis and brain functions is important, but does not give us insights into the subjective experiences of mental processes, which is the domain of the arts and humanities. Objective and subjective disciplinary fields about the brain could act more as ‘trusted strangers’ and create a more synergetic and integral understanding of the brain. This Stedelijk Statement is connected to a conference at the University of Amsterdam entitled “Worlding the Brain: Affect, Care, Engagement” where we propose to take the brain out of the scientific lab and put it back into the chaotic rich complexity of the world by exchanging findings, observations and thoughts about the emotions and care for our synaptic processes and mental (dis)orders. - Patricia Pisters 

With work and contributions by Guillaume Dumas, RAAAF (Eric and Ronald Rietveld), Alva Noe, Zoe Beloff, Jason Tougaw, The Art of Neuroscience, Lancel & Maat, Maartje Nevejan & Monobanda, Esther van Fenema & Floor Braam & the Dutch National Ballet. See website of Stedelijk Musuem Amsterdam for more information. Download the program of the evening here. And the wall texts of the three istallations here. Introduction by Patricia Pisters can be read here.  A report by Nim Goede in Metropolis M gives a participant impression. Below a visual impression of the evening (3 November 2017) Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 2017. Foto: Tomek Dersu Aaron. Clothes Patricia Pisters by Mattijs van Bergen, kimono suit from his Photo-to-Fashion series. 

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  • Cinema Olanda & Platform

    ASCA collaborates with Wendelien van Oldenborgh and Lucy Cotter for their project Cinema Olanda at the Venice Biennale 2017 as partners in parallel events in The Netherlands, entitled Cinema Olanda Platform. The Platfrom consists of a year long seminar at the university of Amsterdam, an evening in EYE Film Institute and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and six weeks of events during June- july in Witte de With Rotterdam. Below some images of the installation at the Biennale in the Gardini in Venice, some impressions of the opening event in Witte de With and from the ASCA program Black Figures, Black Voices with Tessa Boerman, Valika Smeulders, Naomi Veldwijk (on 'Painted Black' an evening about hidden figures in art history) ; and with Charl Landvreugd, Cindy Kerseborn, and Arthus Cairo in an evening around the work of Edgar Cairo. See Witte de With 's website. And for all recodings of all Cinema Olanda Platform events see the Youtube channel. A written impression can be found in ASCA's webstie here

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  • GeoMediations

    First meeting of the Geomedia Research Network at Mediamatic in Amsterdam (Location: Mediamatic Amsterdam, 15 - 16 June 2017). A collaboration between Patricia PIsters of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), University of Amsterdam, and Adam Nocek of the Laboratory for Critical Technics (LCT), Arizona State University. Participants in this event: Jussi Parikka  ; Filippo Bertoni] ; Iris van der Tuin  ; Stephen Loo   ; Jonathan Beller  Conny Groenewegen ; Marcel O’Gorman ; Betti Marenko   ; Paul Harris ; Richard Turner;  Pieter Paul Pothoven   ; Lonnie van Brummelen en Siebren de Haan   Femke Herregraven  Erin Espelie ; Carolyn Strauss ; Gregg Lambert

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  • KNAW Installation 8 June 2017

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  • Deleuze in Mumbai 2017

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  • 798 Bejing

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