Brain Roads Workshop in Berlin

Cluster of excellence Matters of Activity. Central Laboratory
From Thursday 24 October 2019 to Saturday 26 October 2019

Brain Roads is an interdisciplinary French-German project for visualization and interactive exploration of the brain. It brings together graphic & digital designers, engineers and researchers in neurosurgery and social sciences. Its ambition is to develop visual representations and interactive tools for exploring the white matter of the human brain.

Learn more about the research project and its participants
download the workshop poster [pdf]

The workshop

The 3-day workshop, which brings together teams of designers, engineers and researchers, has two main objectives:

  • understand the formative process of current images of the brain model.
  • define visual design issues and sketch them out by visual means.

The workshop takes place in the premises of the Cluster of excellence Matters of Activity. image, space, material:
Central Laboratory
Sophienstrasse 22a, D-10178 Berlin

The Workshop Program

24 October — Presentations

13:00 – 13:30 — Welcome!
Emeline Eudes, researcher in aesthetics, ESAD de Reims head of research
Patricia Ribault, Junior Professor in history and theory of Gestaltung

13:30 – 14:00 — Lucius Fekonja, reseacher in neurosciences, project leader “Cutting”
14:00 – 14:30 — Olaf Avenati, graphic & digital designer, lecturer
14:30 – 15:00 — Michel Simatic, engineer, senior lecturer

15:00 – 15:30 — break

15:30 – 16:00 — Maxime Le Calvé, Post-doctoral researcher, anthropologist
16:00 – 16:30 — Fabrice Bourlez, psychoanalyst, philosopher, lecturer
16:30 – 17:00 — Patricia Ribault, Junior Professor in history and theory of Gestaltung

17:00 – 18:00 — informal discussions

25 October — Work session

All day long, designers, engineers and researchers will discuss in small groups and will create sketches (slides, exemples, references, models, printings, …) to envision the various aspects and visual design issues of the global project.

13:00 – 14:00 — lunch break

14:00 – 15:00 — Thomas Picht, PD Dr. Med. & neurosurgeon at Charité will present his perspective of the project and Felix Rasehorn, designer and reseacher at Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee will also present his MA design thesis on MRI and tracts visualisation.

During the afternoon, 2 VR helmets will be available for exploration of a virtual Operation room.

26 October — Restitutions

9:30 – 13:00
Brunch & Collective restitution
Designers and engineers will share the topics they have identified and give work directions to be developed during the upcoming semester.

Learn more about the Brain Roads research project

Please, follow this link:
full description of the research project and its participants