Science Gallery Bengaluru’s new online exhibition, PSYCHE, seeks to explore the complexities of the human mind in socio-political and cultural contexts. The 45-day exhibition, in collaboration with National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), The Wellbeing Project and Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent, is on display from April 1 to May 15.
Curated by the Science Gallery Bengaluru team, PSYCHE brings together philosophers, neuroscientists, artists, psychologists, filmmakers, sociologists, writers and performers. The exhibition will feature 10 exhibits, six films and more than 40 live programs, including workshops, masterclasses and public lectures.
The exhibits trace the complexity of the mind. However, they are not just about research; they also talk about society. For example, the audiovisual installation ‘Black Men’s Minds’ relies on the voices of black men who are often missing from conversations about mental health, trauma and stigma.
The exhibits will also feature interactive experiences such as ‘Playing with Reality’, based on the 2019 winner of the Best VR Immersive Work at the Venice International Film Festival, which unravels what the phenomenon of psychosis can teach about the boundaries of reality; ‘The Serpent of A Thousand Coils’ gives game participants an empathetic insight into the minds of those with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD); Another participatory web experience ‘Change My Mind’ helps understand the implications of brain implants on the mind.
‘Hamlets Live’ is a six-part performance that explores Hamlet’s inner monologues in a world strongly dictated by the real and hyper-real aspects of social media.
“In PSYCHE, we explore the human mind on a very unusual journey where we try to understand the mind using our mind,” said Jahnavi Phalkey, the founder of Science Gallery Bengaluru. “We pay close attention to both, the ailments and health of our conscious selves. As always, we unpack research objects across various research disciplines at Science Gallery Bengaluru, to reinforce our mandate to bridge the gap between research and the public. ”
To register for the exhibition and get more information, please visit psyche.sigalleryblr.org
SOURCE – www.thehindu.com