The Project “Art and Neuroscience- A new approach”, initiated by Ecke Gallery in 2010 in Berlin, aims at promoting collaboration between artists and scholars involved in neuroscientific research, and thus at developing innovative and multidisciplinary works of art. Ecke Gallery regularly hosts international visual artist, multimedia artists, performers, curators, neuroscientists, psychologists, psychiatrists, psycho-linguists and philosophers, who come together in smaller groups to work on a specific topic, such as: consciousness, perception, cognition, memory, and time. Then, the results of the collaboration-works of art- are presented in a group exhibition.
Ecke Gallery would like to share this new approach to artistic practice and knowledge production. Thanks to the project “Art and Neuroscience. A new approach ”, artists gained an access to such unique scientific tools as Positron emission tomography (PET), Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), Multichannel electroencephalography (EEG), which enables them to comprehend contemporary scientific investigation on human mind, or to apply these tools in the piece of art .
Secondly, the artists involve in a critical dialogue with knowledgeable scholars and scientists, who also share valuable resources and approaches during workshops and talks.
So far, Ecke Gallery has been a self-funded initiative, which seeks financial support to maintain and develop the collaboration between artists and neuro- scientists.
Not only does the “Art and Neuroscience” Project serves as interface between the two disciplines, but it is also an incubator for art work creation based on neuroscientific critical topics: Chalmers´ Hard Problem of consciousness, Qualia, memory and time and Hallucination. For this competition we would like to present (as an example) one of the works that is now being developed.
The creation of work involves application of a set of specific equipment: high resolution, neuro-signal acquisition and processing wireless neuroheadset, Pc – develop software combine signal from the neuroheadset and transmit to mixer and speaker the relative decoded audio signal and 2 Loudspeakers.
Finally, through the project “Art and Neuroscience” Ecke Gallery develops a theoretical research that stands as a conceptual frame and a basis for neuroscientific experiments. We are concentrating on investigating the efforts in Neuroesthetics and the evolutionary approach to art developed by such neuroscientists as Jean-Pierre Changeux, Antonio Damasio, Semir Zeki and Vilayanur Ramachandran. This particular perspective has been selected to be an alternative and complementary direction for the art and neuroscience researches.