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The interdisciplinary Arts Project "On Display - An Artistic View on Computational Neuroscience" showcases the most recent work by Yutaka Makino during the Bernstein Conference 2018.

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The interdisciplinary art project "On Display - An Artistic View onComputational Neuroscience” features a new piece by Yutaka Makino - FOLDINGS - which questions the human perception we take for granted. The work of the Japanese-born Berlin-based artist will temporarily distort the visitors’ habitual perception of space and self-orientation in order to 
(re-)discover behavioral routines and perceptual memory.

Makino deals with aspects of human perception, for example spatial orientation, self-motion perception and multisensory integration in performances or installations. He focuses on how unique experiences can be created in a multisensory experimental set-up that works with spatio-temporal stimuli, which influence the perception of visitors in different ways.

Makino’s works comprise an amalgam of visual and auditory stimuli, which offers visitors an individual experience that is affected by their movements and gestures. Makino works "in an impressive way on a high scientific level of knowledge in psychophysics and experimental psychology," says Professor Stefan Glasauer, the managing director of the Center for Sensorimotor Research at the university hospital of LMU Munich, who is the scientific partner for the project.

Makino’s new piece will be open to the public during the Bernstein Conference from September 25-28, 2018 at the Technical University (TU) Berlin. It will be complemented by a panel discussion on the topic "Insights in Art and Science: Exploring the Boundaries" , September 26 at 20:00. The artist and the scientific partner for the project, will enlighten their respective point of view on the topic along with two further reputable experts – one from the arts and one from science. Dr. Joerg Fingerhut, scientific director of the Association of Neuroestetics will host the discussion.

The project is funded by the Schering Stiftung and the Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience.

Opening hours

Tuesday, Sept 25, official opening: 15:00. Open until 18:00
Wednesday. Sept 26, 11:00 - 19:00
Thursday, Sept 27, 11:00 - 19:00
Friday, Sept 28, 11:00 - 16:00


TU Berlin main building
Ground floor
Straße des 17. Juni 135
10623 Berlin

The Artist

Yutaka-Makino_enYutaka Makino was born in Tochigi, Japan in 1976. He studied Earth science, computer music and visual arts in Japan, the Netherlands and the USA. Since 2010, he lives and works in Berlin. On the basis of research into areas such as phenomenology, experimental psychology, psychoacoustics, neuroscience and systems theory, Makino probes the processes of perception in experimental setups. His performances and installations provide acoustically and visually conditioned environments that make processes of perception tangible to the perceivers and provoke reflection on the acts of perception.

Makino has exhibited and performed in international art institutions and music festivals such as Akademie der Künste Berlin, daadgalerie, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Donaueschinger Musiktage, MärzMusik, CTM Festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Sonic Acts, Japan Society, among others. He has received prizes, fellowships and residencies for his work including those granted by Prix Ton Bruynèl, the DAAD’s Artists-in-Berlin Program, Villa Aurora Los Angeles, Berlin University of the Arts, Berlin Senate Chancellery, Japanese Agency of Cultural Affairs, Pola Art Foundation among others.



The project is funded by the Schering Stiftung and the Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience.

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