JACOB ERIKSEN
sound artist · sound thinker


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At the Limits of Perception and Cognition


In collaboration with Diana Ø. Tørsløv Møller

Studium Generale
Berlin University of the Arts
Winter semester 2016/2017
Winter semester 2017/2018

Rythmic Music Concervaty, Copenhagen
Spring semester 2017
Fall semester 2017

Traditionally the arts (when not being strictly conceptual) function within the natural boundaries of human perception where its purpose is to tickle the human cognition. But what happens if we push those boundaries to the very limit or even beyond (human) perception and thus focusing on this threshold or transition between cognition, perception, sensation as well as the non-anthropocentric?

The seminar focuses on art and theories on the limits of human perception and cognition. The purpose of the seminar is to develop and expand experimental artistic mindsets and practices through a collective conceptualization of speculative philosophy and aesthetics. In this sense perception will not be limited to the cognitive relationship to the five classic senses of hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting and touching. The students are invited to develop on concepts of perception of e.g. time, politics, A.I., hyper objects etc. from which they are asked to creating their own works of art. For each class there will be short student presentations of theories and artworks. To finish off the seminar the created works of art will form an exhibition in collaboration with an art gallery.

Central questions in the seminar are: What are the concepts of perception? How do we break out of them? How can we think non-human perception? How can we approach aesthetics speculatively? How can we think arts and aesthetics on the limit or beyond human perception and cognition? What makes art at the limit of perception and cognition interesting?


Guest lecturers: Tobias Linnemann Ewé, Jacob Lillemose, Lars TCF Holdhus, Thomas Ankersmit.

For more info and content visit the course blog at http://atthelimits.tumblr.com