Science Gallery Bengaluru seeks interactive, participatory works for PSYCHE, an exhibition- season that explores the mind—and the complexities of thinking and feeling—in December 2021–January 2022. Why do we think? Why do we dream? Why are we emotional beings? Is intelligence and the ability to think and feel restricted to humans?
Researchers have grappled with the inner workings of the human mind, from mapping billions of neurons to trying to understand the intangible expressions of thought and consciousness. We have experimented on the human brain with drugs, hypnosis, genetic techniques, and more. The mind plays its own tricks through optical illusions, déjà vu, delusions and hallucinations, which, combined with the imagination and hormones, manifest in intriguing behaviours.
Neuroscientists, chemists, doctors, psychologists, philosophers, mathematicians, systems analysts all take us a few steps closer to unravelling the enigma of the psyche. It is worth noting that much of laboratory research to understand the human mind is, in fact, carried out on other living beings who exhibit degrees of decision making, planning, and emotion.
The mind is inextricably implicated in our perception of the world and our experience of it. Our actions, informed by this perception, continue to shape the world. Our thoughts and emotions likely create a sense of wellbeing or a lack of it, yet we do not fully understand the biological, psychological, or social underpinnings of our intellectual being.
The future of the mind could be stranger than fiction: weaponizing of emotions, extra-sensory perception, prediction of criminal behaviours or the wiping out of traumatic memories, Nothing, it seems, is impossible. Even machines need not be exempt from thinking or experiencing emotions in a manner similar to humans as we continue to replicate the human mind in-silico.
We at Science Gallery Bengaluru are looking to work with individuals or groups from across career and disciplinary backgrounds who are critically exploring the psyche through emerging research. Your submission can be an artistic or a scientific inquiry, or, preferably, both. Science Gallery Bengaluru will collaborate with The Wellbeing Project to curate elements of the Open Call and the Psyche exhibition which will be then shown at The Wellbeing Summit in Bilbao, Spain in 2022. The Wellbeing Project is addressing the issue of the wellbeing and mental health of everyone working on the frontlines of social change.
WHAT BUDGET IS AVAILABLE?
Projects supported via the Open Call for the exhibition can typically be funded by Science Gallery Bengaluru up to INR 3,00,000 (including all costs of artist fees, materials, equipment, shipping, travel, taxes etc.). Public programme proposals can typically be funded between up to INR 1,00,000.
Please note projects of larger scale could be considered only where additional partners/funding can be secured. We enthusiastically welcome proposals that work to a smaller budget or have a larger budget and are part funded through other means.