Envisaged as one of its core activities, the Association of Neuroesthetics strives for continuing respectable higher education. In May 2009 the AoN launched a public lecture series, together with the Berlin School of Mind and Brain (Humboldt-Universität Berlin) and the Institut für Raumexperimente (UdK/Studio Olafur Eliasson). Within the frame of the AoN Neuroesthetics Talks Series, speakers from various disciplines are regularly invited to present and discuss their work in public. The lectures serve as a forum to feed the need and desire of neuroesthetic research, and to draw attention to the intriguing outcome of the interdiciplinary dialogue between scientists, artists, and scholars. Furthermore, the Deutsche Guggenheim promotes the AoN in organizing talks for the Deutsche Guggenheim CLUB within the AoN Art and Neuroscience Series.

In addition to the ongoing educational activities in Berlin, the Association of Neuroesthetics and its mission has been presented in various talks. The AoN also plans to organize high-level international conferences, including associated publications, as well as events such as exhibitions, workshops, and symposia.




March 3rd, 2017, 7pm: At the Edge of Consciousness. Sightseeing in the Realm of Dreams – Galerie Wedding, Berlin – Panel discussion with Viron Erol Vert and Dr. Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung moderated by Dr. Elena Agudio and Dr. Joerg Fingerhut (AoN_Platform for Art and Neuroscience) and with interventions by dream scientists

February 8th, 2017, 6pm – HALLE 14, Leipzig – Interdisciplinary Research in Painting and Robotics. Liat Grayver & the E-David. Panel discussion with Joerg Fingerhut (Association of Neuroesthetics) and with the e-David Team: Prof. Oliver Deussen, Thomas Lindemeier, Marvin Gülzow, Liat Grayver, Marcus Nebe


May 25th, 2016 – Deutsches Studienzentrum, Venice – Architecture and Neuroscience in Dialogue in collaboration with the University of Passau, and the Einstein Group Jesse Prinz: „Consciousness, Emotions, Values“ (Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) on the occasion of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale
October 22nd, 2015 – Luru Kino in der Spinnerei, Leipzig – Jeremy Shaw’s artist talk and filmscreening at „Luru Kino in der Spinnerei“. Presentation of Jeremy Shaw residency at the Max Planck Institute – Research Group „Neuroanatomy and Connectivity“.

October 22nd, 2015 – Berlin School of Mind and Brain, “When brains design/experience buildings”. Talk by Michael Arbib (University of Southern California)

May 8th, 2015 – Palazzo Merati, Venice – VENICE SYMPOSIUM “ART AND NEUROSCIENCE IN DIALOGUE”. TEMPORALITY AS A DISTORTABLE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BRAIN. A project on the biological, cultural, and artistic construction of time. With Clemens von Wedemeyer, Alessandro Tavano, Christine Macel, Michal Klincewicz, Katrin Heimann.


June 8th, 2014 – OHBM, Hamburg – Presentation of the AoN curated exhibition „SIDEWISE IN TIME. Artistic speculations on alternative timelines and impossible chronologies“  in collaboration with the NeuroBureau on the occasion of the 2014 Annual Meeting of the OHBM (Organization for Human Brain Mapping) in Hamburg


May 31st, 2013 – Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice – „Embodied cognition, body perception and intersubjectivity“. An interdisciplinary dialogue addressing Tino Sehgal’s work


June 2nd, 2011 – Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice – SEEING WITH EYES CLOSED. Neuroscience and Art in Dialogue, with Ivana Franke, Ida Mommenejad, Anton Burdakov, Jimena Canales, Moran Cerf, Olafur Eliasson, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Raqs Media Collective.


September 24, 2009 – Alexander Abbushi: The future perspective of neuroesthetics, European Science Foundation (ESF) Exploratory Workshop: “Neuroesthetics: Where art and the brain collide”, Milan

July 11, 2009 – Louise Wagner and Alexander Abbushi, Artistic Practice – Sound – Space – Art, Habitus in Habitat I. Emotion and Motion. Conference of the Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin in cooperation with the Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum of Charité, and the AoN.

July 3, 2009 – Daniel Margulies and Alexander Abbushi, talk at the opening of Sabine Schaefer’s and Joachim Kreb’s “MicroSonical Shining Biospheres” at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe (ZKM)

June 4, 2009 – On invitation of Marino Golinelli Foundation and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, AoN organized a round-table discussion on art and neuroscience at the library of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection with ca. 30 scientists and artists. The event was organized in collaboration with Ernst Schering Foundation.

February 10, 2009 – Quando l’arte incontra la scienza: contaminazioni, connessioni, sintesi fra arte e scienza. (When art meets science: contaminations, connections, and synthesis between art and science). Panel discussion at the Design and Art Museum, La Triennale di Milano: Journalist Giovanni Caprara in conversation with Marina Wallace(Director Global Eye Art, University of the Arts, London) and Alexander Abbushi (co-founder and director of the Association of Neuroesthetics). Conference organized by Fondazione Marino Golinelli, presenting a forthcoming program of activities in Bologna, La Scienza in Piazza, aimed at supporting exchanges between art and science.

January 22, 2009 – PD Dr. Ulich-Wilhelm Thomale and Dr. Alexander Abbushi, INSIDE—OUTSIDE, talk within the program accompanying the exhibition of Anish Kapoor’s commissioned sculpture Memory.


October 23, 2008 – Anton Burdakov, Perceptions, Attention, and Architecture. Technische Universität Berlin (first step in the planned collaboration with TU Berlin, Architecture Department).

May 8, 2008 – AoN Inaugural Event: On 8th May, 2008 the Association of Neuroesthetics is inaugurated in front of ca. 300 invited guests. The inauguration includes presentations by AoN founding members Christine Macel, Prof. Ernst Pöppel and Prof. Semir Zeki as well as AoN partner artist Olafur Eliasson and the architect Philippe Rahm. Among participants are leading neuroscientists of the Charité such as Prof. Karl Einhäupl (current CEO of Charité) and Prof. Peter Vajkoczy (Director of Neurosurgery), representatives of Berlin School of Mind and Brain, such as Prof. John-Dylan Haynes (Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Berlin), as well as numerous art historians and critics, gallerists and internationally acclaimed artists such as Angela Bullock, Thomas Demand, Daniel Knorr, Armin Linke, and Damián Ortega.