Aby Warburg: Art, Neuroscience, and Psychoanalysis at the Helix Center

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The Helix Center of NYPSI, la Fondation Agalma – Genève
& the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York

invite you to Aby Warburg: Art, Neuroscience, and Psychoanalysis a symposium to be held on
Saturday, October 12th and Sunday, October 13th, 2013
at the Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium
of New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street
New York, NY 10028

exploring the significance of the work of Aby Warburg for art, neuroscience, and psychoanalysis,reexamining his work through the compound lenses of current knowledge of dynamic memory,the Freudian unconscious, and historical scholarship.

The Helix Center (, in conjunction with the Agalma Foundation ( will be hosting this international gathering of scholars drawn from the arts and sciences to participate in informal roundtable conversations exploring Warburg’s ideas and their adumbrations, e.g., his preoccupations with–and intuitions about–memory, both in relation to different forms of artistic creation and in anticipation of concepts related to neuroplasticity and neuroesthetics; the significance and fluency of the image–its elliptical and metaphoric functions–and of affect for the phenomena and qualia of chronology and memory, in concert with contemporary understanding of the dynamic unconscious; and the interdisciplinary mode of thought–the philosophical and art historical, cosmographic and historical–at the heart of Warburg’s atlas. The conference is devoted to informal roundtable discussions focussing on one of the following four topics related to Warburg and his work: Psychosis and Creativity: Binswanger and Warburg; Classical and Renaissance Art; Mnemosyne: Memory and Unconscious; and Neuroesthetics.

Saturday, October 12th

9:00 am – 9:15 am:

9:15 am – 11:30 am:
Neuroesthetics roundtable: Anjan Chatterjee, David Freedberg, Vittorio Gallese, Ludovica Lumer, Edward Nersessian, and Andrea Pinotti

11:45 am – 12:30 pm: An Eccentric Science Georges Didi-Huberman
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch break

2:00 pm – 4:15 pm: Classical & Renaissance Art roundtable: Georges Didi-Huberman, Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, François Quiviger, Dorothea Rockburne, and Christopher Wood

Sunday, October 13th
9:30 am – 11:15 am:
Psychosis & Creativity: Binswanger & Warburg roundtable:
François Ansermet, Peter Loewenberg, Spyros Papapetros,
Robert Penzer, and Louis Rose

11:30 am – 1:15 pm:
Mnemosyne: Memory & Unconscious roundtable:
Cristina Alberini, Siri Hustvedt, Christopher Johnson, Joseph LeDoux, and Pierre Magistretti

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm: Lunch break

2:45 pm – 4:15 pm:  Additional questions/comments regarding both
Sunday roundtables and wrap-up

Attendance is free, but donations are welcome. Registration is not necessary, but seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

The primary mission of The Helix Center, heir to the multidisciplinary tradition established by its predecessor, the Philoctetes Center (co-founded by Helix Center Director Edward Nersessian), is to draw together leaders from distinct spheres of knowledge in the arts and sciences for interdisciplinary exchanges, the unique format of which potentiates new ideas, new questions, and facilitates emergent creative qualities of mind less possible in conventional collaborations.

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