In his new book, Self Comes To Mind, Antonio Damasio, who directs the USC Brain and Creativity Institute and is the 2010 winner of the prestigious Honda Prize for scientific excellence, discusses how the brain uses emotion and feeling to create a sense of self in animals in humans, and how the elaborate version of the human self opened the way for creating the tools of culture. The admired neuroscientist, provocative lecturer and best-selling author will be in conversation with Marina Abramovic, the celebrated, spirited and controversial artist who, since the beginning of her career, has pioneered performance as a visual art form in a quest for emotional and spiritual transformation.
Marina has long tested the relationship between the audience and the ego of a performer. Her last exhibition/retrospective in New York, staged at the Museum of Modern Art, was “The Artist is Present," a 736-hour and 30-minute static, silent piece, in which she sat immobile in the museum’s atrium.
Marina's considers each public appearance an experiment and she never rehearses. This conversation with Antonio Damasio will be a revelation to the participants as well as the audience.
Marina Abramovic, is a celebrated, spirited and controversial artist who, since the beginning of her career, has pioneered performance as a visual art form in a quest for emotional and spiritual transformation. Marina has long tested the relationship between the audience and the ego of a performer. Her last exhibition/retrospective in New York, staged at the Museum of Modern Art, was "The Artist is Present," a 736-hour and 30-minute static, silent piece, in which she sat immobile in the museum's atrium. Marina's considers each public appearance an experiment and she never rehearses.
Antonio Damasio is a University Professor and David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Southern California (where he also heads the Brain and Creativity Institute), an Adjunct Professor at the Salk Institute, and the author of several books describing his scientific thinking. "As a leading neuroscientist, Damasio has dared to speculate on neurobiological data, and has offered a theory about the relationship between human emotions, human rationality, and the underlying biology." Prior to joining USC in 2005, Damasio was M.W. Van Allen Professor and Head of Neurology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
I believed they worked well together because she asked questions from the "other side" and his responses stayed in-line with what he was talking about which is the self and consciousness. Marinas' response to this conversation is her own artistic perspective of a non-self, i.e, deep meditation. No way a scientist will get her perspective of this in the same way as she herself. I think she teased him a bit quite coquettishly.
Ms.Abramavic brings up a fine point about self & consciousness using the example of the Bower bird who design of their home reminds one of the attentive (usually) female homemaker. I think it is art no matter its purpose.
Her example of running in the park is called adrenaline. I havde another true example of when a women finds her child was hit by a car and she lifted the front of the car to release her child. Unexplained feats of strength are not uncommon.
Mr. Damasio is a scientist and behaves as one, always attempting to find a rational argument for any issue. An exciting duo.
this is highly entertaining/interesting/frustrating. i get the feeling that she is not interested in understanding the science/mechanisms behind our brains and the results that these constitute. an interesting pairing, for sure, but i find her to be obtuse and completely incurious about the subject matter, despite her paltry attempts at "stumping" him, which is all she seems to care to do. that said, i sort of feel like we didn't get enough of mr. damasio's insight because he winds up having to confirm/dispel her "doubts". maybe i'm off base here? anyone else getting this feeling?
this should be under satire/spoof section!
she says: take that brain scientist. here is a brain conversing with you. talking all sorta bull. what do you make of that?
he says: language is interesting. at the one end is literature.at the other end is talking with you.
This is a comedy, hard to find two people more opposed to each other than these two. Damasio, a brilliant scientist and, I would say philosopher, and the lady, have not heard of her but she seems independent and cocky, so, I like her, who is in new agey stuff with an artistic twist, make for a perfect pair of human based comedy highlighting our little thoughts for as they are, little, fleeting, insignificant. All in all a pleasure to watch...