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Talk | Suzanne Dikker & Matthias Oostrik: Mutual Wave Machine

  • Benaki Museum 138 Pireos Athina, 118 54 Greece (map)
Photo by Sandra Kass

Photo by Sandra Kass

Dr. Suzanne Dikker, along with visual artist and programmer Matthias Oostrik will talk about about the Mutual Wave Machine, which is part of As One exhibition and was based on the Mutual Gaze performance by Marina Abramović, as well as for their collaborative work, which lies at the intersection of neuroscience and art: their installations explore our (in)ability to capture and embody human relationships, with the self and the other.


About Suzanne Dikker

Suzanne Dikker’s (PhD.) research merges cognitive neuroscience and interactive performance art in an effort to understand the brain basis of human connectedness. Together with Matthias Oostrik and varying collaborators, she has co-developed a number of interactive brain installations / crowd-sourcing neuroscience experiments, including Neuroscience Experiment 1: Measuring the Magic of Mutual Gaze (with Marina Abramovic, Matthias Oostrik, and participants of the Art & Science: Insights into Consciousness Workshop). Dikker is the creative director of the Science Chamber of the Marina Abramovic Institute (MAI, to open in Hudson, NY in 2015), curator of The Annual Art & Science: Insights into Consciousness Workshop (Watermill Center: A Laboratory for Performance), and the Sackler Brain Bench Coordinator at the American Museum of Natural History, New York. After completing her PhD at New York University, Dikker received post-doctoral training at the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology and New York University. Her scientific work has received awards from the Cognitive Neuroscience Society and the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research, and she was recently awarded a National Science Foundation INSPIRE Grant and a Veni Talent Scheme grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research to continue using interactive, crowdsourcing neuroscience as a research tool to investigate the cognitive neuroscience of social dynamics in public art/science/educational contexts.

About Matthias Oostrik

In Matthias Oostrik’s work as a visual artist the audience is always present. Sometimes as object, sometimes as subject, but always as a starting point for a visual dialogue. Matthias finished the Netherlands Film and Television Academy in 2004 with a degree in Interactive Media and Visual Effects. In the following years he concentrated on various techniques for visual interaction, resulting in temporary video installations across the world. In recent years, his work has shifted to more permanent interactive installations for public spaces. The light installation Bijlmer Moodwall, located in a passageway in Amsterdam received the Dutch Design Award for best product in public space. His work has been featured at various temporary and permanent sites around Europe (Mapping Festival, Geneva / TodaysArt, The Hague) and he and Suzanne Dikker co-developed Neuroscience Experiment 1: Measuring the Magic of Mutual Gaze, which premiered at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture as part of Marina Abramovic’s retrospective exhibition The Artist Is Present (Moscow, 2011).