Aspect Change

The aim of the symposium is to compare cultural practices and vocabularies. It aims to make people aware of their habits of seeing and naming, and to break through them. It is held in English.

Aspect Change, a term introduced by Ludwig Wittgenstein, is a fundamental cognitive instrument. Looking for meaning is a focal human drive, and the quest for signification is a reflexive force. However, we only ever see individual aspects of a whole and interpret them – intellectually or in words – in a subjective way. Insight is a supposedly objective form of perception. Seeing – and synonymous for understanding – is never passive but a complex practice involving perception, interaction and engagement. What we see – what the viewer is aware of – is the outcome of a small epiphany, an aha-moment, a sudden insight at the close of multi-layered, active processes. The aim of the symposium is to compare cultural practices and vocabularies. It aims to make people aware of their habits of seeing and naming, and to break through them.

Interdisciplinary contributions from the arts, philosophy, literature, design, geography and cognitive science by researchers, artists and designers from the University of the Arts Bern HKB, Aalto University Helsinki, University Islands Reykjavik, Zurich University of the Arts Zhdk, Falmouth University, University of Amsterdam, Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam, amongst others. Hosted by Tine Melzer, Y Institut & Institut Praktiken und Theorien der Künste, HKB. Book publication supported by the HKB, Canton Bern and the city of Bern.

The event will be held in English. It will be streamed online.

Online attendance registration: aspectchange@gmx.ch
On-site attendance with valid covid certificate.

HKB Auditorium

Fellerstrasse 11
3027 Bern
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