The sense of space

Taking as its starting point the discussion between artist Ann Veronica Janssens and neurophysiologist Alain Berthoz, Station 5 looked into the role of space in cognitive processes and addressed the concepts of empathy, derealisation and perceptual thresholds. The encounter was accompanied by a presentation of Gianni Colombo's Spazio Elastico, whose spatioluminous workings trigger authentic somaesthesia or total bodily sensitivity.

Work under study

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Gianni Colombo, Spazio elastico, 1967.
Fluorescent elastic, electric motor, black light.
Archivio Gianni Colombo, Milan. © Blaise Adilon

Participants

Elisa Brune
writer (novelist and essayist) and science journalist
Denis Cerclet
anthropologist, lecturer at Université Lumière - Lyon 2
Arnauld Pierre
art historian, professor at Université Paris IV - Sorbonne
Jean-Louis Poitevin
doctor in philsophy, writer and art critic

Guest

Alain Berthoz
Engineer, psychologist and neurophysiologist, Honorary Professor at the College de France where he directed the CNRS-Collège de France Laboratory of Physiology of Perception and Action

Work under study

Gianni Colombo, Spazio elastico, 1967.
Fluorescent elastic, electric motor, black light.
Archivio Gianni Colombo, Milan.

Study day

Thursday, March 17, 2011 at IAC Auditorium

Lecture

Thursday, March 17 at IAC Auditorium

Alain Berthoz
The research fields covered by Alain Berthoz are the physiology of sensorimotor functions, oculomotricity, the vestibular system, control of balance and the perception of movement.

Audio recordings of the lecture (French - mp3) :