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Art and research in dialogue about the world we share

A new collaboration between the Interacting Minds Centre at Aarhus University and Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin will provide us with basic knowledge of how people think and act. The project has been granted DKK 15 million by the Carlsberg Foundation.

2019.02.04 | Ulrik Albert Vosgerau

Photo: Foto & Medielab, Moesgård Museum

How do we experience and perceive the world, and how does that make us act as individuals and together? These questions will be addressed in a new collaboration between the Interacting Minds Centre (IMC) and Studio Olafur Eliasson. 

“Our project is a piece of basic research, but the basic questions about collaboration and mutual understanding that we will look into are also essential in order to solve the global and local problems we’re facing,” says Andreas Roepstorff, who is a professor at the Interacting Minds Centre (IMC) and head of the project.

A space for dialogue
When IMC researchers want to describe how people think and act as individuals and together, they apply certain methods and a scientific system of concepts. In his works of art, Eliasson has created ‘experimental installations’, where art takes place in the encounter between the framework he establishes in the installation and the expectations, memories, thoughts and feelings of the audience. Therefore, there is potential for new insights in the intersection between the two fields. 

“We will establish a third space between art and science through dialogue, where the performative practices of art and the precision of research can create new experiences that encourage thought and reflection,” explains Andreas Roepstorff. “Both in art and in science, the question of ‘participation’ is absolutely essential. How do ‘we’ create shared worlds together? We will conduct experiments to examine how we share perspectives, make decisions and transmit experience and knowledge”.


Facts
The project “Experimenting, Experiencing, Reflecting: Art and science at work in the public realm” has been granted 15 million by the Carlsberg Foundation. The project runs from December 2019 to March 2023.

The project is a collaboration between the Interacting Minds Centre at Aarhus University and Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin, but it also draws on a large network of partners from scientific institutions, the art world, the business world and public and private organisations.

Contact
Andreas Roepstorff, professor
Interacting Minds Centre, Aarhus University
Email: andreas.roepstorff@cas.au.dk
Mobile: +45 26 36 27 72

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