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Texas Tech Institute Co-Hosts International Conference With Max Planck Institute

Glenys Young

November 16, 2018

“Future Image: From Neural Art History to Neuroaesthetics” is Nov. 30 in Germany.

The Texas Tech University Institute for Studies in Pragmaticism is partnering with the world-renowned Max Planck Society to host an international, interdisciplinary conference, “Future Image: From Neural Art History to Neuroaesthetics,” on Nov. 30 in Hamburg, Germany.

The conference's goal is to explore the role of images as tools of perception across the disciplines of art and neuroscience, especially in the emerging field at their intersection, neuroaesthetics. The event will bring together pioneers of this new field with renowned scholars from the fields of neuroscience, art history and virtual reality studies to discuss and evaluate the results of recent empirical research on the impacts of aesthetic experiences on human brains.

In addition to a panel discussion on “Empirical Aesthetics: Extraction of Image and Perception,” the conference will feature the following experts and programs:

  • Horst Bredekamp, Humboldt University of Berlin, “Notes of an Art Historian”
  • Elize Bisanz, Texas Tech, “The Phaneron and the Archive: On the Anatomy of Future Image”
  • Owen Kelly, Arcada University of Applied Sciences, “The Magnificent Impossibility of Virtuality: Seeking Empathy Inside Imaginary Diagrams”
  • Yasuhiro Sakamoto, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, “Perception of Moving Images in Zoetrope and the Role of Gamma-Band Activity”
  • Tim Otto Roth, concept artist and composer, “Neuronal Thunderstorm: On Self-Organization and the Acoustic Affinity of Neuronal Feedback”
  • Edward A. Vessel, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, “Art Reaches Within: Aesthetic Experience and the Brain's ‘Default-Mode' Network”
  • Karl Clausberg, “On Interdisciplinary Performance of Visual Science “

The conference was organized by the combined efforts of Bisanz and Sakamoto.

“We hope Texas Tech will be noticed as a promoter of high-level advanced research on the international level, which contributes substantially to Texas Tech's goal of increasing globalization,” Bisanz said. “It enhances the international presence of Texas Tech as a research university, builds networks with internationally renowned research institutes and opens opportunities for high-quality knowledge transfer.”

About The Institute for Studies in Pragmaticism

The Institute for Studies in Pragmaticism is the first and oldest organized center for research on the life and works of American physicist, mathematician, logician and engineer Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914), who is regarded as one of the greatest interdisciplinary scientists in history. Founded during the 1971-72 academic year at Texas Tech by Charles S. Hardwick and Kenneth L. Ketner, its mission is to facilitate study of the life and works of Peirce and his continuing influence within interdisciplinary science.

About The Max Planck Society

The Max Planck Society conducts basic research in the natural sciences, life sciences and humanities. Since its foundation in 1948, 18 Nobel laureates have emerged from its ranks. With its 84 Max Planck Institutes and facilities, the Max Planck Society is the international flagship for German science. In addition to five foreign institutions, it operates another 17 Max Planck Centers with research institutions such as Princeton University, the Paris University of Political Studies, the University College London and the University of Tokyo.

About The Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics

In a joint effort of researchers from the humanities and the sciences, the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics explores who aesthetically appreciates what, for which reasons and under which situational and historical circumstances, and analyzes the functions of aesthetic practices and preferences for individuals and societies. It is currently the only research institution in the world that is solely dedicated to interdisciplinary research on aesthetic perception and evaluation.