Seminar at NIAS-KNAW, Amsterdam
For the first semester of the 2017/2018 academic year, I am the artist-in-residence at the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Science (NIAS). On october 26th 2017, i presented a seminar on my book project ‘The supernormal’.
NIAS Seminars are aimed to stimulate scientific cross-pollination within the NIAS academic community. All research fellows discuss their projects during a seminar on their research subject. In my seminar, i elaborated a bit more on the structure of the project and furthermore I focused on the main ‘backstory’ that seems to emerge out of my research on Tinbergen’s concept of the supernormal stimulus until now, namely the heavy debate between natural scientists (neuroscientists, cognitive scientists, etc.) and scientists from the humanities (art historians, philosophers) on the ‘reductionist approach’ of art and aesthetics.