This session will be about a story of Oliver Sacks where he describes the case of 22 years old Stephen D. who used a mix of cocaine, PCP, amphetamines.
After a vivid dream – he dreamt he was a dog in a world unimaginably rich and significant in smells – he woke up with an enhanced color vision and heightened sense of smell. In this state he could distinguish the olfactory physiognomy of all his friends and coleagues and even recognise every street and every shop by there smell. Obviously the Weltanschauung (Worldview) of Stephen D. changed dramatically during this event and the framework for generating, sustaining, and applying knowledge was altered drastically.
Paulo de Carvalho Pereira, graduated in Biochemistry in 1990 from the University of Coimbra and received his PhD in Cell Biology in 1996. Paulo Pereira worked at Division of Clinical Toxicology, University College of London, during his PhD training and as a Post-Doc. Paulo subsequently worked as an Assistant Professor/ Visiting Scientist at Human Nutrition Research Centre on Ageing at Tufts University, Boston. Paulo Pereira is currently Director of Centre of Ophthalmology – Faculty of Medicine University of Coimbra and head of the Laboratory for Research in Biology of Ageing atIBILI, Faculty of Medicine – University of Coimbra. Paulo is also the Director of the Laboratory for Electron Microscopy at Faculty of Medicine – University of Coimbra, which is part of the National Network of Electron Microscopy. His main scientific Interests are on mechanisms of age-related cell damage and cell response to stress. He is particularly interested in the molecular mechanisms of age and diabetes-related retinal damage and on the role of ubiquitin-dependent proteolysis in such processes.
Paulo Pereira also participates and coordinates Master and PhD programmes in the area of Vision Sciences and Biomedical Reserach and he currently supervises 7 PhD students. Paulo is also interested and actively participates in projects to increase public awareness of sciences, including Bio-aesthetics and Sci-art projects. Over the last five years Paulo was the Principal Investigator on 6 externally funded (FCT) Research Grants and was author of 14 papers published in international peer-reviewed journals. In 2006 Paulo Pereira was granted A Fulbright Scholars and Researchers Program Award.
Herwig Turk is an artist in the field of new technology from Austria, he is currently based in Lisbon, Portugal. In the last years, beside his own successful body of work, which has been presented at venues like Georg Kargl Fine Arts Vienna, Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, TESLA Laboratory for Media Art Berlin, Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art Vienna or the Transmediale Berlin, he has been foremost involved in interdisciplinary art projects like HILUS, or the vergessen© project.
Between 2003 and 2010 Herwig Turk was working on another major project on the verge of art and science, blindspot, together with the Portuguese Scientist Paulo Pereira (IBILI Coimbra). more information you can find on www.theblindspot.org.
Since 2010 he is artist in residence at the IMM (Institute of Molecular Medicin) in Lisbon PT.
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