AoN Symposium Borderlands organized by the Einstein Group “Consciousness, Emotions, Values” & the Berlin based Association of Neuroesthetics (AoN_Platform for Art and Neuroscience)
on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Association of Neuroesthetics

A day of dialogues between art and cognitive science, a series of moderated discussions, artistic interventions, and celebrations on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Berlin-based Association of Neuroesthetics. Founding members of the platform - launched in 2008 by Dr. Alexander Abbushi at Charité Berlin - and leading proponents of neuroesthetics, cognitive science, philosophy, art, and poetry will present their perspectives regarding an understanding between those fields and the need to engage in interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and even extradisciplinary collaborations. Borderlands and crossroads, as feminist Chicana writer Gloria Anzaldúa has been suggesting, even if painful and sometimes treacherous places, are sites for regeneration, nurture and growth.


In a series of presentations and panel discussions, the event will present reflections and insights after ten years of long-term collaborations, projects, and engagements at the verge between the arts and the neurosciences. What does art do to us? What role might neuroscience play in the understanding of artistic phenomena? How could a dialogue between neuroscientists and artists be heuristic and not reductive? Can art instill criticality in neuroscientific research? Which are the limits and the new challenges of neuroesthetics?


The day will be structured by panel discussions, the first one on reading poetry through the lense of neuroscience (2 pm), the second one on transcultural and artistic approaches to psychiatry (3.30 pm) followed by a celebration of the AoN (5pm). The evening panel assesses the limits and future of neuroaesthetics directly (8pm).


A detailed program is accessible here.


Elena Agudio & Joerg Fingerhut



Ulf Aminde (Berlin), Beatriz Calvo-Merino (London), Julia Christensen (London), Monica Greco (London), Ana Gomez-Carillo (Montreal), Niklas Maak (Berlin), Bonaventure Ndikung (Berlin), Alva Noë (Berkeley), Alexandra Pirici (Bukarest), Ernst Pöppel (Munich), Eugen Wassiliwizky (Frankfurt), Ed Vessel (New York/Frankfurt), James Wilkes (London), Uljana Wolf (Berlin)



Roter Salon at Volksbühne

Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz 1, 10178 Berlin