Installation by Ivana Franke and ongoing neuroscientific research by Ida Momennejad will be presented during the symposium ‘Seeing with eyes closed: Neuroscience and Art in dialogue’ in Venice. The installation will be on view from the 1st to the 6th of June in the Peggy Guggenheim Museum.

In resonance with the curatorial focus of the 54th Biennale: IllumiNations, the upcoming symposium on June 2nd, 2011 – organized in collaboration with Berlin School of Mind and Brain (Humboldt Universität) and Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin – will explore the theme: Seeing with Eyes Closed. The symposium takes its title from an interdisciplinary project by artist Ivana Franke and neuroscientist Ida Momennejad, conceived through the support of Alexander Abbushi and the Association of Neuroesthetics – AoN. The project concerns the visual experience of flowing images induced by stroboscopic light behind closed eyes.

Some of questions are: “Can we construct spatiotemporal forms purely based on ‘imagination’? To what extent may different brains show similar activities in spite of differences in subjective experience? To what extent is our perception of reality constructed and altered by the intrinsic build-up of our brains rather than neural responses to stimuli that is strictly ‘out there’?”