Pourpose of the meeting
The symposium “Art and Science: Exploring the limits of human perception” wants to be a forum for artists and scientists who have common interests. The program consists of a series of public conversations between artists and scientists with the purpose of bringing together these seemingly disparate, but we feel intimately related, fields. The format of the symposium gravitates around paired special lectures by an artist and a scientist on their practice, followed by an open discussion exploring the nature of the relationship between their fields. We strongly believe that activities such as this symposium should help to raise awareness about the importance of the research in these topics and also about the specific contributions of the artists to science and vice versa. Finally, we intend that this gathering serves as the perfect setting to foster future collaborations between artists and scientists that would thus benefit from each other’s contributions to our understanding of the mechanisms underlying human perception.
Luis M. Martinez, PhD (Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante, SPAIN)
Susana Martinez-Conde, PhD (Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ, USA)
M. Angela Nieto, PhD (Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante, SPAIN)
Torsten N. Wiesel, MD (The Rockefeller University, New York, NY, USA)
July 12 (Sunday)
- Shuttle from Barcelona to Benasque.
July 13 (Monday)
09:00 - 11:00 - The visual science of visual arts
LM Martinez (Institituto de Neurociencias, Alicante) , Din Matamoro (Painter. Vigo, Spain).
11:30 - 13:00 - Contributed talks
11:30 O.1 Quantification of artistic style through sparse coding analysis. J Hughes, DJ Graham & DN Rockmore. (Dartmouth College. Hanover, NH, USA).
11:50 O.2 Aikon-2. A multidisciplinary investigation into sketching. FF Leymarie
& P Tresset. (University of London. London, UK).
12:10 O.3 Computational Aesthetics. Measuring and modeling aesthetic perception. C Wallraven
(Max Planck Institute for Bilogical Cybernetics), M Feixas, J Rigau & M Sbert (University of Girona
. Girona, Spain).
12:30 O.4 Dali paintings as a tool for assessing altered size perception in schizophrenic
patients. MLB Simas, GMN Menezes, RMTBL Nogueira, AM Lacerda, NA Santos & VF Amaral. Universidade F
ederal de Pernambuco & Universidade Federal de Paraíba. Pernambuco, Brasil.
13:00 - 16:00 - Lunch
16:00 - 18:30 - Virtual reality
Mel Slater & Mavi Sánchez-Vives (ICREA-Universidad de Barcelona & ICREA-IDIBAPS, Barcelona, Spain) /
Nonny de la Peña (Transmedia producer and journalist, Los Angeles, USA) & Peggy Weil (Digital media artist
and designer, - USC-SCA Interactive Media Division. Los Angeles, USA)
18:30 - 18:50 - Contributed Talks
18:30 O.5 Robotic Art: Perceiving and inventing reality. F. Ghedini & M.Bergamasco.
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna. Pisa, Italy.
18:50 - 19:30 - Visiting Scientific Posters and Artistic Displays.
P.1 How do we gaze Art? Influence of knowledge and artistic value. J Binnie, S Dudley, D Barrie
& RQ Quiroga. The Art Fund & University of Leicester. Leicester, UK.
P.2 What is an elephant? F Halper. Harvard University. Cambridge, MA, USA.
P.3 Science via Art: Induced emotions by the music and painting. O de Juan, P Montoya,
JJ Campos Bueno & N Birbaumer. Conservatorio de Música de Alicante, Universitat de
les Illes Balears, Universidad Complutense & Eberhard Karls Universitãt Tubingen.
P.4 Fractal processing in the brain. A proposal. A Perez-Castellanos & LM Martinez. Instituto de
Neurociencias de Alicante. Alicante, Spain.
P.5 Deconstructing Mona Lisa's smile. How symmetry, spatial frequency and luminance influence ou
r perception of complex visual images. D Alonso-Pablos, A Perez-Castellanos, J Marquez-Bugella,M Molano Mazon, J Martinez, RQ Quiroga & LM Martinez. Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante & University of Leicester.
P.6 Statistical analyses of colour information of paintings. A Fukumoto, K Tsukada & J Kurumisaw
a. Chiba University & Ochanomizu University. Japan.
P.7 Sleep/Wake. S Trubridge & P Gander. Massey University. Wellington, New Zealand.
P.8 Pictures. A. Aranda. London, UK.
P.9 Paintings. MA Martin Pascual. Instituto de RTVE. Universitat de Barcelona. Barcelona, Spain.
P.10 Virtual reality in the extreme: experiencing and understanding violence. N. de la Peña, P. Weil, M. Stater & MV Sanchez-Vives. USC-SCA Interactive
Media Division. Los Angeles, USA; ICREA-Universidad de Barcelona & ICREA-
IDIBAPS, Barcelona, Spain.
P.11 The anatomy of passion: the creation of sound. F de la Rocque, A
Azambuja, NR Carneiro, C Hedin-Pereira & MM Froes. Universidade Federal
do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
21:00 - 23:00 - Consciousness: Filtering reality
Susana Martinez-Conde & Steve Maknick (Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix), Miguel Angel Gea (Magician,
Madrid) (Includes demonstration/workshop).
July 14 (Tuesday)
Official inauguration of the new building of the 'Centro de Ciencias de Banasque, Pedro Pascual' by Spanish
political and scientific authorities. Includes the short talk 'Seduced by Science: An Enduring Passion' by Nobel laureate Prof. Torsten N. Wiesel (The Rockefeller University. New York, USA).
18:00 - 20:00 - Food for thought: not just a matter of taste
Charles Spencer (Oxford University. Oxford, UK), María Jose San Román (chef, Monastrell Restaurant. Alicante, Spain).
20:00 - Wine Tasting workshop: Depriving senses
Jose Ignacio Latorre (U. Barcelona).
July 15 (Wednesday)
09:00 - 11:00 - Music: more than meets the ears
Paul Verschure (ICREA, Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Barcelona, Spain), Octavio de Juan (Musician. Alicante,
11:00 - 12:00 - Contributed talks
11:00 O.8 The anatomy of passion: the creation of sound. F de la Rocque, A Azambuja,
NR Carneiro, C Hedin-Pereira & MM Froes. Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro, Br
11:20 O.9 Exploring artistic possibility of fusing music and painting. A Fukumoto,
K Tsukada & J Kurumisawa. Chiba University & Ochanomizu University. Japan.
11:40 O.10 Brushes and sounds. L Mususa-Wiesel (Painter. New York, USA).
12:00 - 14:00 - Perceiving Art vs. Perceiving Science
Rodrigo Quian Quiroga
(Leicester University. Leicester, UK), Marcos Pérez (Casa de las Ciencias Scientific Director. Museos Cientificos Coruñeses. A Coruña, Spain).
12:00 - 16:00 - Lunch
16:00-19:00 - Parallellepipeda
Wendy Morris, Géry d'dewalle, Ruth Loos, Dorothee Augustin, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Johan Wagemans &
Edith Doove. (University of Leuven, the Institute for Research in the Arts (IvOK), and the city museum of Leuven
19:00 - 19:30 - Visiting Scientific Posters and Artistic Displays.
21:00 - 23:00 - Choice blindness
Lars Hall and Petter Johansson (Lund
University Cognitive Science. Lund, Sweden).
July 16 (Thursday)
09:00 - 11:00 - Kagai: creating and perceiving visual space
Peter Thompson (York University. York, UK), Benedetta Tagliabue (Architect. EMBT Barcelona, Spain).
11:00 - 11:40 - Contributed talks
11:00 O.6 An ambition for symmetry-breaking: the floating laboratory. S Hughes
(University of Exeter) & D Robinson (University of Plymouth, UK).
11:20 O.7 The permanent resistance: the hidden agendas of activist art. D
Petrova. (Edinburgh College of Art. Edinburgh, UK).
12:00 - 14:00 - Sleep/Wake (special simposium)
Sam Trubridge & Phillipa Gander (Massey University. Wellington, New Zealand).
14:00 - 16:00 - Lunch
17:00-18:00 – Visiting Scientific Posters and Artistic Displays.
19:30 - Art and Science Closing Lecture
By Semir Zeki (University College London. London, UK).
21:00 - Banquet dinner
July 17 (Friday)
- Shuttle to Barcelona.
Note: Participants are encouraged to present panels and propose short oral presentations
The organization encourages artists participating in this workshop
to bring their creations and present them to all of us. Although
no financial support is offered, the Center will try to help those
artists willing to share their work. If you are interested in
bringing your work and share it with us, please send us
a message at firstname.lastname@example.org as detailed as possible.
The registration fee for the conference is 50 euros to be paid to the account of the Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual after your application has been
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