Schering Stiftung


The Nature of Perception – the Art of Deception

Lecture Series at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

The Nature of Perception – the Art of Deception

Lecture Series at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Interdisciplinary Laboratory Image Knowledge Gestaltung
Zentraler Laborraum, 2nd floor
Sophienstr. 22a
10178 Berlin

Nov 5, and Dec 10, 2018 |
Jan 14, and Feb 11, 2019
from 6.15 – 8 p.m.

Registration is not necessary.

What does the octopus teach us about the art of camouflage, and what is the significance of camouflage fighter jets for abstract painting? How does knowledge influence our perception of faces and objects? How do new scientific insights about the cosmos change our view of the night sky? Do games that deliberately deceive human perception have the potential to deliver scientific knowledge?

These and other questions will be answered by experts from the fields of psychology, physics, history, art, and cultural studies during an interdisciplinary lecture series entitled The Nature of Perception – the Art of Deception. On four evenings, different speakers will examine the topic of perception and its active manipulation from a variety of perspectives, building a bridge between scientific phenomena and cultural techniques.

Supported by the Schering Stiftung, the lecture series takes place in the 2018/19 winter term and is part of the Germany Scholarship theme class at the “Image – Knowledge – Gestaltung” Cluster of Excellence at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. It is open to students from all disciplines and an interested public.

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Playing Tricks with Perception

Lecture — February 11, 2019

Petra Löffler talks about optical toys and the contribution that playing visual tricks makes to the study of human perception.

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How Knowledge Influences Our Perception

Lecture — January 14, 2019

In her lecture, the psychologist Rasha Abdel Rahman discusses neuroscientific studies showing the connections between knowledge and the visual perception of faces and objects.

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Celestial Mechanics

Lecture — December 10, 2018

How does the perception of the night sky change depending on its astronomical description? Is what we see contingent on the particular cosmology?

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Lecture — November 05, 2018

On November 5, at HU Berlin, Patricia Ribault and Wolfgang Schäffner will talk about camouflage as the art of deception in nature, war technology, and painting.

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Program for download 

Ringvorlesung "Natur der Wahrnehmung - Kunst der Täuschung"

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This Project is realized in cooperation with the following partners:

BIld Wissen Gestaltung. Ein interdisziplinäres Labor


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