Creating Empathy

Group show

30.01.19 @ 18:30 Spektrum Berlin

ARTWORKS Fellow Kyriaki Goni, participates in the Creating Empathy exhibition at Spectrum Berlin with her project Eternal u.inc. The exhibition is on view fromJanuary 30 to February 8 2019.

In the exhibition Creating Empathy, Spektrum presents works investigating the relation of the self with the other person and, more generally, humans with other life forms. In neuroscience, empathy is defined as the ability to understand and share someone else’s feelings by means of a mirroring effect provided by special type of neurons—mirror neurons—in both animals and humans. This reflective state of feeling-the-other as a means of sustaining the nature of the relation between beings is affirmed via the ongoing evolutionary success of technology.

What if artists created approaches to critically expand this mirroring effect between people by using machines? When do tools and knowledge of technology and science become meaningful enough to catalyze social empathy in new cultural and artistic forms? And could it possible to technologically extend this sense of feeling-the-other to non-human creatures or things?

The exhibition is curated by Alfredo Ciannameo for SPEKTRUM in collaboration with TRANSMEDIALE. Supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

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