Our first step in making the possible real is to imagine it. Our imagination has the peculiar power to constantly create, invent or enable new possibilities. By virtue of this peculiar power, we can all lead a kind of double life: an actual life led by our ego in a real and shared world, and an invented live led by our imaginary ego in our own private, fictive world. How do we invent these new possibilities, questions, and lives? And what in the world is imagination exactly?
For this Training the Senses-workshop, artist Roel Heremans and philosopher Louis Schreel join forces to explore different modalities of imagination. During the event Roel will present some of his interactive imagination compositions and you will explore the blurry borders between the real and the unreal. Together, they will dive into the phenomenology and neurophysiology of aesthetic experience, to see how the senses, emotion, and imagination together animate the mind.
About Roel Heremans
Roel Heremans is a transdisciplinary artist working with sound, visualization, and neurofeedback. In most of his works he composes fragments of audio that trigger the imagination of visitors in order to create immersive group experiences. Visitors simultaneously become actors, witnesses, performers and reenactors of mental and physical processes of thought and movement, where collective performances encounter individual reactions and vice versa. By activating people in this way, Heremans generates a simulation of the contemporary world. Past exhibitions of his work include, amongst others, S.M.A.K, Ghent (B), Sale Docks, Venice (IT), De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (NL).
About Louis Schreel
Louis Schreel works and teaches at the Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences at Ghent University. His research focuses on the relation between life and mind, the origins of intentionality in bodily movement and affectivity, and the relation between metabolism, cognition and the emergence of self. He obtained his PhD in Philosophy and concurrently with his doctoral research he has also been a visiting lecturer in philosophy at KISD – Köln International School of Design and Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf.
About Training the Senses
Knowledge is not only acquired visually at schools through language and text books. Learning involves all of our senses: we learn by listening, tasting, smelling, touching – and even by using our intuition. Through Training the Senses participants explore and discover a new vocabulary for all their senses and a new way to transmit experience and acquire knowledge. Training the Senses is an ongoing series by Marres, that avoids any division between the speakers, performance and the audience.