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ZKM_Events 10|2005

mental engineering.
from the pictures of our imagination to brain research

Symposium as part of the
\\international\media\prize 2005
for science and art

Sun 10/30/2005, 11am-7pm
ZKM-Media Theatre
Admission free

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Interest in brain research is nothing new, but the subject has never been as popular as it is today. This has a lot to do with imaging methods, such as magnetic resonance tomography and the electroencephalogram, which make it possible to carry out experiments on the living brain that would have been inconceivable in the past. These methods have raised hopes that the brain can be completely decoded, understood and copied. However, there can be no ignoring the suspicion that we form our representative images from our mental images. The mental engineering symposium will examine the question of what functions, connections and networks in the brain can be portrayed by neurological research and what effects these findings have on the concept of an »artificial brain«.


11:00 Opening
Barbara Könches and Peter Weibel ZKM, Karlsruhe

11:15 Tyyne Claudia Pollmann, artist, Berlin

11:45 Andreas Bartels, Director of the Philosophy Department, University of Bonn
Kai Vogeley, Clinic and Policlinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Cologne University Clinic

12:50 Break

14:00 Christoph Keller, artist, Berlin

14:40 Christoph von der Malsburg, Head of the Institute for Neuroinformatics, Bochum and the Laboratory for Computational and Biological Vision, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

15:20 Cornelius Borck, Associate Professor, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

16:00 Break

16:15 David Poeppel, neurologist and linguist, University of Maryland, USA

16:55 Sigrid Weigel, Director of the Centre for Literary Research, Berlin

17:30 Discussion with
Christoph von der Malsburg, Cornelius Borck, David Poeppel, Peter Weibel, Sigrid Weigel; Moderation: Barbara Könches

19:00 End


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