Archive for February, 2015

GIN, Narrative Film Fridays 27 Feb – 15 May 2015!

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

In the context of Crucible Studio’s GIN (Generative and Interactive Narratives) MA teaching and the Department of Media Storytelling course by Zach Dodson and Saku Heinänen, we start this Friday the Narrative Film Fridays  –  welcome, Students of Storytelling!

Welcome to a lecture on Embodied cognition by Mark Johnson Monday March 9 at 10:15-11:00

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

A unique possibility!

Welcome to a lecture by Mark Johnson 

Knight Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Department of Philosophy, University of Oregon


Embodied cognition: how we make and experience meaning through our sensory, motor, and affective processes.

TIME: Monday March 9, 2015 at 10.15-11

LOCATION: Room 215, Building 008 (Konetekniikka 1), Otakaari 4, Otaniemi, Espoo (number 8 at the campus map)

Mark writes” My interest in embodiment originally grew out of my work with George Lakoff on the nature of conceptual metaphors that define virtually all of our abstract concepts. We found that the source domains of these systematic metaphors typically involved aspects of our sensory-motor experience, such as the coactivation of our perception of changing in verticality correlated with judgments about changes in quantity, giving rise to the MORE IS UP metaphor. Considerations of this sort led me to think about the role of the body in the constitution of human meaning, conceptualization, and reasoning. Lakoff and I hypothesized that what we called “image schemas” – such as VERTICALITY, SOURCE-PATH-GOAL, BALANCE, CONTAINMENT, FORCE, INTENSITY, and so forth, play a key role in the structuring of our concrete and abstract concepts. I published some of this work in my book The Body in the Mind: The Bodily Basis of Meaning, Imagination, and Reason (1987) and later with Lakoff in Philosophy in the Flesh: The Embodied Mind and Its Challenge to Western Thought (1999). In this latter book, we surveyed empirical evidence for the body bases of meaning and concepts, and we began to explore some of the emerging neuroscience evidence for this embodied cognition view” (


The Meaning of the Body: Aesthetics of Human Understanding, University of Chicago Press, 2007.

Philosophy in the Flesh: The Embodied Mind and Its Challenge to Western Thought (co-author George Lakoff), Basic Books, 1999

The Body in the Mind: The Bodily Basis of Meaning, Imagination and Reason, University of Chicago Press, 1987.

This event is organised by Crucible Studio, Department of Media @Aalto School of ARTS, and ABC Aalto Brain Centre @Aalto School of Science.

Pia Tikka on Neuroaesthetics Tuesday 24.2. 18-20 @ KuvA

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

JATKUVA Conversation 1: Neuroesthetics- Will the artist become extinct? Tuesday 24.2. 18-20 @ KuvA

14.00 Preparatory session (KUVA doctoral space, 2nd floor)

18.00 Lecture (KUVA 5th floor seminar room)

Elvira Brattico  (PhD, Neuroaesthetics of Music Group, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki)

Pia Tikka (PhD, Filmmaker-Researcher, NeuroCine)

Reading, Pia Tikka (2008) Enactive Cinema: Simulatorium Eisensteinense

Neuroscience has provided insights about the workings of the brain to a degree unimaginable just a few decades ago. Applications and implications of neuroscience have extended with profound effect to areas such as computer science, psychology, sociology, medicine, education and philosophy of mind. In the study of arts, experimental approaches to aesthetics have seen a fresh revival since the introduction of the methods of neuroscience.

The humanist tradition has regarded empirical viewpoints to art with suspicion. Paths leading to positivist or reductionist notions of art would generally be considered no-go by the arts community. But will neuroaesthetics change all that? Will matters of taste be revealed, after all, as matters of natural science? Will the mysteries of creativity be unmasked as simple neurological functions? Will, in the end of the day, the artists become extinct?

In the first talk of the JATKUVA conversation series we will have an introduction to the field of neuroaesthetics by Research Director, Ph.D. Elvira Brattico, Neuroaesthetics of Music Group in University of Helsinki and Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. She will be followed by Filmmaker and Researcher, Ph.D. Pia Tikka who will present her artistic and research projects in enactive cinema and brain research. The event will then continue as an open discussion between all present.

JATKUVA Conversations are organised by doctoral students at the Academy of Fine Arts, part of the University of the Arts Helsinki, through their subject association Jatkuva ry. The neuroaesthetics session will be introduced by doctoral student Jaakko Rustanius.

JATKUVA conversation series

A series of conversations on a variety of contemporary issues brought forth by the doctoral students at the Academy of Fine Arts

Once a month a situation for conversation is arranged with one or two invited speakers from a wide range of academic, artistic and professional backgrounds briefly outlining their perspectives on a selected topic, then opening up the discussion to the group. The meetings will be held in an informal setting and promote a free exchange of views, ideas and opinions.

The main aim of the series is to open up artistic practice and inquiry to unconventional approaches at the convergence of differing perspectives from arts, philosophy, humanities, science, politics and society.

Prior to each session, a warm-up session will be held at the Academy for students to meet and familiarize with materials suggested by the speakers.


24.3. Experimental writing (working title)

Nickel van Duijvenboden (NL)

Taina Riikonen (FI)

21.4.Globalization of contemporary art (TBC)

19.5. Object oriented ontology

Paavo Järvensivu (FI)

Karoliina Lummaa (FI)

 Location: Kuva (Doctoral space 2nd floor, Seminar space 5th floor)

The series will be in English.