International Interdisciplinary Academic Forum
Consciousness, Emotional Cognition and Digital Enactive Art
【TIME】Thursday, December 19, 2019 from 9:00 to 18:00
【Venue】NTHU, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Building (B1)
【Organizer】NTHU: College of Art, Tsing Hua Art Education Fund of Spring
【Convenor of the Forum】Professor Chen Chu-Yin, NTHU
In ancient civilizations, human beings performed various ceremonies and rituals to build bridges of communication between them and the unknown universe and expressed emotions through different forms (such as songs, dances, paintings, …) which promoted the emergence of culture and art, and proved the need in human spiritual activities. This particular awareness – the consciousness activity carried out through emotions can be said to be the most primitive way of life perception, which transcends the power of almost all languages and disciplines and touches the common emotions of human beings, even the most sacred and subtle spiritual part.
Art is one of the most direct way of expressing human emotions. When art is becoming more technological and digital and extend itself on multiple media, the way in which art is presented opens up to multi-sensory and multi-dimensional interactive art. The physical perception art with new forms includes virtual reality, interactive art, digital art or art with the internet of things. The spirit of these artworks is realized in the personal experience and experiencing process of participants. Moreover, the emerging concept of “Digital Enactive Art” is based on the symbiosis of human beings and machines. Artists or developers first give “objects” some kind of artificial intelligence or artificial life. In human-machine interaction – the autonomy/subjectivity of the work and the perception of the audience at the moment are interwoven into a new life experience matrix, which provides us with new opportunities or reflections on the research of mentality and the phenomenon of consciousness.
Ms. Wu Chao, who is an artist, initiated the “Artistic Awakening Project for the Disorders of Consciousness” to create multimedia art in order to touch the most delicate state of consciousness of human beings since 2014. This project combined with medicine has already awakened 4 patients (in a vegetative state) successively, and the “Commonized Artistic Awakening Program” was developed at the same time, which is now applied to the daily treatment in some Chinese hospitals and benefits more people.
The specific topics surrounding our lives will be discussed during this forum. Scholars and experts from France, Mainland China and Taiwan will be invited to participate in this international cross-domain academic forum covering the fields of art, art and technology, art therapy, philosophy, mental science and brain science.
In view of the current development of art and technology and the art as the spiritual companionship or the awakening carrier for people with disorders of consciousness, the forum will rely on art to investigate the world of consciousness from the spiritual level and emotional cognition, attempting to answer the questions including “Where does consciousness come from? Who is consciousness? Where does consciousness go?”
Digital enactive Art & Phenomenon of Consciousness
Openning Speech: President of National Tsing Hua University
謝仁俊 講座教授 & 醫師(國立陽明大學 腦科學研究所、臺北榮民總醫院 醫學研究部)
Self-Consciousness in Neuroaesthetics and Neurology: Brain Science Perspective
梁容輝 副教授 (國立臺灣科技大學 設計系)
Self-Loop of Speculation between Objects and Human
陳珠櫻 講座教授 & 藝術家 (國立清華大學 藝術學院、巴黎第八大學)
The Soul in Technological Art
Chaired by Master Hui-Ci Joo
& Prof. Si-Ting Chen (National Tsing Hua University)
Art, Emotional Cognition & State of Consciousness
|14：00||跨領域藝術的生命驅動力 : 藝術喚醒意識障礙
吳超 藝術家 (清大&八大雙聯博士生、生命力研究共同體)
夏維倫 藝術家 (生命力研究共同體)
The Vital Engine of Transdisciplinary Art – Art for Awakening the Vegetative State Patient
呂素貞 藝術治療講師 (張老師心理學苑藝術治療、行動藝術治療師)
The Power of Nonverbal – Art Therapy with the Patient in Hospice
Jean Vion-Dury 教授 & 醫師 (精神病科醫學院、馬賽聖瑪格麗特醫院、UMR CNRS PRiSM)
When Consciousness Creates Neurons, How to Deal with Neuroscientific Mythologies?
朱慧慈 執行長 (社團法人中華身心靈促健會、財團法人覺行生命教育基金會)
Disease and Consciousness: Perspective of Spiritual Healing
Chaired by Prof. I-Ping Chen (National Chiao Tung University)
& Prof. Chu-Yin Chen (National Tsing Hua University)
Prof. Szu-Ting Che
Professor Szu-Ting Che is a doctor of philosophy graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is currently a professor and director of the Institute of Philosophy and the convener of the Center for Philosophy in Practice of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at National Tsing-Hua University. He promotes the practice based philosophy pathway, and he specializes in Methodological philosophy and scientific philosophy. Since 2018, he has participated in the intensive cultivation project of Brain Research Center, NTHU as a co-project leader and has assisted in the establishment of the team investigating the philosophy, humanities and social issues related to brain science and neuroscience. In recent years, he has been exposed to the issues about AI and has participated in related projects established by the Ministry of Science and Technology.
Prof. I-Ping Chen
Professor I-Ping Chen is currently the director of the Institute of Applied Arts of National ChiaoTung University. His research expertise in the early stage was in the neuroelectrophysiology of the visual brain region, especially in the functions of color and texture analysis. He once taught at the Department of Psychology of National Chung Cheng University and the Institute of Neuroscience of National Yang-Ming University. In 2001, he changed his track from the academic field of neuroscience to the field of art. He has been working at the Institute of Applied Arts of National Chiao Tung University as of today. Currently, he is also the chairman of the Color Association of Taiwan and the executive director of the Seden Society Puppet Theater Foundation.