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MARCOS LUTYENS, ELEMENTAL ESSENCE: CLAIRVOYANCE AND CROWDSOURCING. THE THOUGHT FORMS TEST
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  • From lecture Elemental Essence: Clairvoyance and Crowdsourcing: Lea Porsager gesticulating how she could sense external color with her eyes closed

MARCOS LUTYENS
ELEMENTAL ESSENCE: CLAIRVOYANCE AND CROWDSOURCING
14TH ISTANBUL BIENNIAL, THE THOUGHT FORMS TEST

Date of event: 30th October 2015
Time event: 15.00 – 18.00
Located at Büyükada IDO Pier, Büyükada Island, Istanbul (TR)

We are very happy that we can invite you to the last event under the direction of Marcos Lutyens as part of his participation at the 14th Istanbul Biennial, Saltwater: a Theory of Thought Forms, a lecture "Elemental essence: clairvoyance and crowdsourcing".
Thought Forms and Brain Waves: Neuro-Aesthetics and Art 

The ‘Problem’ of Images: Embodied Simulation and Experimental Aesthetics (Vittorio Gallese)

The discovery of mirror neurons has influenced the debate on action, gestures, motor and spatial knowledge, emotions and empathy, all aspects that in recent years have been deeply reconsidered within aesthetics and visual studies. Vittorio Gallese will focus on the role embodied simulation (ES) plays in mediating our relation to images and their experience. ES shows that we map objects, space and the actions of others onto our own motor representations, as well as others’ emotions and sensations onto our own viscero-motor and sensory-motor representations. Gallese will discuss the potential relevance of ES to the experience of images, by reviewing theoretical and empirical work from our lab.

A Radiating Vibration and a Floating Form – Thought Forms and Intersubjectivity (Pietro Rigolo)

Thought forms (1905) by Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeater, with its bright illustrations by obscure artists, has been acknowledged as a cornerstone in the development of 20th century abstract art. This lecture will try to shift the focus from art to the mental processes including thinking, remembering, feeling and their modes of operation, one of the main concerns in Besant's writings. Through the analysis of central assumptions such as thoughts and desires producing vibrations in the people's upper bodies and creating a floating form that can interact and merge with other bodies, we will argue that the theory of thought forms was pointing towards an idea of embodied intersubjectivity and empathy, in which thinking and feeling are presented as a shared, intra-bodily experience.

Participants : Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev,Vittorio Gallese, Pietro Rigolo