Interactive Exhibition on Body Images and Neurotechnology: Selbst-Built

Start date: 08/12/2018
Start time: 04:00 pm
End time: 09:00 pm
Organizer: Nexus experiments
Location: FRIAS, FRIAS, Albertstraße 19, 79104 Freiburg im Breisgau

brain, technology, body image

The image that people form of their own bodies shapes them in their self-confidence, in their social life or in the way they move. Sometimes this one’s body image changes: neurological or psychiatric diseases such as Parkinson's, stroke or depression have an effect. But technology such as prostheses, cochlear implants, electrodes in the brain or smartphones also change our perception of the body.

How does depression affect the perception of certain body regions?
Does the sense of balance shift when a body part is missing?
How does a person with a cochlear implant describe his body perception?
Do we use technology or does it use us? Or are we already beginning to embody technology?

Visitors can ask these and other questions in the participative event "Selbst-Built. Brain, Technology, Body Image". Workshops, installations, conversations and an interactive exhibition provide space to reflect on one's own body perception.

The event stages the basics of our own body perception as well as a whole spectrum of changes and their effects on the body image - from purely therapeutic restoration to augmentation and the enhancement of physical or mental abilities.

Together with students, scientists and artists from the fields of figure play, theatre and dance, this mini-festival offers a space for dialogue to try out, experience and discuss the topics of neurotechnology and body image. "Self-Built" is the closing event of the project "L'homme machine", which was developed under the direction of Nexus Experiments and Vanessa Valk in cooperation with students of the University College Freiburg.

Students of the University of Freiburg
Artistic direction: Vanessa Valk
Exhibition concept and scenography: Jens Burde
Management: Mathilde Bessert-Nettelbeck, Sabrina Livanec
Scientific Directors: Prof. Dr. Oliver Müller (Philosophy), Dr. Philipp Kellmeyer (Neurology, Neuroethics)
Scientific support: Prof. Dr. Thomas Stieglitz (Biomedical Microtechnology), Dr. Martin Dornberg (Psychosomatics), Dr. Johanna Kubosch (Orthopaedics), Hannah Kilian (Psychiatry)
Workshop leader: Winnie Luzie Burz, Patricia Nocon, Olivia Maridjan-Koop, Christoph Kopp

Workshops, installations, interactive exhibitions, conversations

Opening hours: 8.12.2018, 16:00 - 21:00

Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), Albertstr. 19, 79104 Freiburg, Germany


Language: German and partly English program

reserve tickets at: nexus(at)

Admission: 6 Euro (3 Euro reduced)


More Information:
Nexus Experiments conceives and curates innovative formats of science communication and science reflection within the Cluster of Excellence BrainLinks-BrainTools. In regular events and participative projects, researchers of the cluster enter into a dialogue with the public. To this end, we create interfaces between art, neurotechnological research and ethics and search for new models of knowledge transfer.
This event is organised in cooperation with the research focus "Responsible Artificial Intelligence: Normative aspects of the interaction of humans and intelligent systems" at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) at the University of Freiburg. Within this framework, scientists from the University of Freiburg and the University Hospital Freiburg are working together on the normative and philosophical foundations as well as ethical, legal and social challenges of human interaction with intelligent systems. From the perspective of different disciplines, they highlight the advantages and risks associated with technological change. The research focus is organized by: Prof. Dr. Silja Vöneky (Law), Prof. Dr. Wolfram Burgard (Computer Science and Robotics), Dr. Philipp Kellmeyer (Neurotechnology and Neuroethics), and Prof. Dr. Oliver Müller (Philosophy).






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