Event: Workshop, artist(s)/author(s): Magnhild Nordahl Øen
Geir Olve Skeie is a neurologist and musician working at the Grieg Academy in the University of Bergen. He has done research into topics such as how classical music affects the ability to learn and improve health and he runs the “Music and Brain” course.
The Bergen fMRI Group is an interdisciplinary research group at the University of Bergen (UiB) and Haukeland University Hospital. The Bergen fMRI Group in collaboration with Trondheim fMRI group at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), make up the National Resource Center for fMRI in Norway.
Asta Kristine Høgberg
Is a medical doctor by education and PhD in medicine (dr.med.). She has done research into how the brain responds to stimuli from a virtual environment. She is head of Trondheim fMRI group at NTNU, and the Norwegian National Advisory Unit for functional MRI at Department of Medical Imaging, St. Olav’s University Hospital.
The Cultural Brain Course is organized by The Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and is run as a series of lectures and seminars with invited international high profile researchers in the field of neuroscience. Their goal is to research how different forms of culture and other environmental stimuli affect the brain, and which consequenses this has for health, learning and wellbeing.
Emily S Cross is a senior lecturer at Bangor University in North Wales and she runs the Social Brain in Action Lab together with Dr. Richard Ramsey. Her research focuses on topics such as Action perception, learning, expertise, observational learning, neuroaesthetics, social cognition.
Balder Onarheim is a professor in creativity at Copenhagen Business School in the “Applied Neurocreativity Programme”. He is the founder and head developer of the commercial product “Plato”, a headset with electrodes that sends light electric current through your brain as a way of enhancing creativity for professionals working with problem solving.
The Zurich University of the Arts is the largest arts university in Switzerland and it is particularly active in artistic research and design research. They are collaborating on projects in the forefront of the development of Virtual Reality such as the The Birdly flight simulator. This is a machine designed to simulate the experience of flying over a city. “... with your arms spread wide, an Oculus on your face, and headphones on your ears, you find yourself soaring over the city’s downtown, flapping your wings to gain altitude. It’s a calming, meditative experience.”
Katherine N. Hayles is a postmodern literary critic concerned with concept such as the “human” and “posthuman”, “embodiment” and “materiality”.
Sadie Plant is a British philosopher, cultural theorist and author. Her original research was related to the Situationist International before turning to the social and political potential of cyber-technology.
Richard Sennett is a professor of sociology at the London School of Economics and he writes about cities, labour and culture. His books “The Craftsman” and “Together” have been of great influence to many professionals working in the field of craft and visual art since they were published in 2008 and 2012.
Vilem Flusser was a Czech philosopher and writer with a background in existensialism and phenomenolgy whose main concern was the philosophy of communication and artistic production. His book "Into the Universe of Technical Images" deals with “a humanity facing an urgent communication crisis,.. Flusser forecasts either the first truly human, infinitely creative society in history or a society of unbearable, oppressive sameness, locked in a pattern it cannot change:”
Franco “Bifo” Berardi is a writer, media theorist and media activist and the founder of the famous “Radio Alice” in Bologna. He teaches Social History of the Media at the Accademia di Brera, Milan. He recently published the book And Phenomenology of the End (2015) where he employs theories from neuroscience to explain why communicating through computers rather than through our bodies is changing our aesthetic and emotional sensibility in such a way that it is creating mental suffering and a lack of imagination in the population.
The Horizon lecture series is organized by the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at UiB and is open to UiB students and all other interested in major scientific questions and challenges across disciplinary borders.
Anthea Buys is an art historian and curator currently working as the director of Hordaland Art Center. She is in the process of completing a PHD at Colombia University on New Babylon by Constant Nieuwenhuys.
Ragnar Fjelland is a professor in science theory at the University in Bergen and author of books such as “Universet er ikke slik det synes og være” and “Innføring i vitenskapsteori”.
Endre Elvestad works at the Stavanger Maritime Museum with maritime archeology and has published texts on navigation systems used along the Norwegian coast before the Reformation
Valentijn Byvanck is the director of Marres House for Contemporary Culture in Maastricht, Netherlands. They have since 2013 run an extensive programme called Training the Senses consisting of presentations and workshops focusing on providing insights into the “reservoirs of other forms of knowledge acquired through a collaboration of multiple senses: hearing, taste, smell and touch.”
May Britt Moser is an NTNU-based neurologist specialized in the field of physiology and spatial behavior. Her team has won a nobel price for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain.