“Play is a uniquely adaptive act, not subordinate to some other adaptive act, but with a special function of its own in human experience”. Johan Huizinga, dutch historian, author of “Homo Ludens” and one of the founders of modern cultural history. *(Picture: woman with hula hoop in 1972).Read More Homo Ludens: we are playful animals.
Today I would like to share my master’s final thesis (based on a theoretical-practical investigation) about the relationship of Art and Machine Learning… Since the human mind and therefore our artistic processes are intrinsic parts of biological matter, a Neuroscience inspired approach to Artificial Intelligence may be a practical way to build synthetic minds and […]Read More Machine Learning and Abstract Art: a Systems Neuroscience approach to Artificial Creativity.
Due to the actual coronavirus pandemic we are all forced by the spanish government to stay at home at least for 2 weeks… Many of us do not only have to practice remote work, but also assist our sons and daughters in their emotional wellbeing and schoolwork. Since the educational system in this crisis has been unable to […]Read More The virus that will make us all become knowmads.
In 2015 researchers in Stanford University showed that Trail Running can literally change your brain for good. The study found that participants who exercised in nature not only reported a decrease in rumination (that relentless cycle of negative thoughts and anxiousness that increases the risk of depression), but fMRI scans also indicated a decrease in neural […]Read More Hohkep: running and training in nature.
According to british writer Paul Mason over the past two centuries capitalism has undergone continual changes but now thanks to information technology it has reached its limits and is changing into something wholly new. Already in 1993, Peter Drucker outlined a similar evolution in his book “Post-Capitalist Society”. In this new world, which would be […]Read More Flowing to a post-capitalist world…
According to the definition published in Tate Modern’s website “Abstract Art” is often seen as carrying a moral dimension, in that it can be seen to stand for virtues such as order, purity, simplicity and spirituality. As art historian and MoMA director Alfred H. Barr Jr. wrote in the preface to the catalogue “Cubism and Abstract […]Read More Abstract art as an emancipatory activity.
“It is extraordinarily difficult, even in academia, to find a job that will let you do whatever you want with your time. If you are determined to spend your time following your own interests, you pretty much have to do it on your own. After my Ph.D., there just weren’t any positions open to support […]Read More I did the best I could to make my daydreams happen…
“Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion–when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing–when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors–when you […]Read More Money is the barometer…
The early 1960s brought about a significant shift in western art, largely in reaction to the critical and popular success of the highly personal and expressive painterly gestures of Abstract Expressionism. Minimalist artists, for example, produced pared-down three-dimensional objects that have no resemblance to any real objects. Heavily influenced by the Dutch De Stijl group, the Russian Constructivists and […]Read More The minimum of operating means.
The emergent field of Neuroscience and Creativity studies has experienced a great boom in recent years. For many people -influenced by the perspectives of 19th century Romanticism– creativity remains an unattainable mystery for science (Boden, 2013). However, currently the focus of cognitive neuroscience has renewed the study of creative processes and our ability to realize novel […]Read More Creative State of Mind.