The idealistic art-salon hosted by Jacqueline and Fré Ilgen in the salon-studio in their private apartment, Berlin, Germany; format is an informal talk-show, including a one evening international exhibition and an audience of about 45-55 persons. The attempt to limit the audience to a smaller number worked positive on the discussion.
(The report on Part II will be published later)
Dr. Moritz Helmstaedter, neuroscientist, Germany
Dr. Partha Mitra, neuroscientist, CSHL, USA
Chen Ning, MA, art historian, art theorist, art educator, stage artist, calligrapher, China
CPI#14 extends the discussion of “CPI#13” on “The New Silk Roads Including Art?”, addressing a first possibility to define features of experiencing artworks common in all people across times and across cultures. To approach this difficult subject on purpose the focus is on the private environment. In art the personal statement of the artist would be the most important, but we all know that we apply different selection criteria for art at our own home. If one likes to encourage excitement and natural support for art, can we describe these features?
“CPI#14” Part I provided a lot of information from neuroscience and from Asian culture on the cohesion of mind/body in any of our interests and activities, including creativity and everyday natural perception in relation to having art and music in one’s life. A first attempt was made to discuss how the presence of artworks and music plays a crucial role in one’s life in the periphery of one’s main focus.
“CPI#14” Part I allows two main conclusions: the biological features of natural behavior and perception play an undeniable role in experiencing works of art and, though neuroscience offers us helpful information, there are still many open questions (scientists continue discovering new complexities, for instance, in the case of visual perception, the retina is not only linked to the thalamus and visual cortex). Key of “CPI#14” is, that a broad range of people is interested in this subject, providing them with a fresh look on art for their private environment.