The second edition of The Aleph. Art and Science Festival will deal with the frontiers of the brain and artificial intelligence

"Any destiny, however long and complicated it may be, actually consists of a single moment: the moment in which man knows forever who he is."

Fragment of "The Aleph" by Jorge Luis Borges

The Aleph. The second edition of the Art and Science Festival is dedicated to exploring part of the most interesting processes of the human mind: what happens in the brain to allow the generation of knowledge or start a creative activity; how this organ responds to fear or when we are faced with a determining situation in which a decision must be made; what artificial intelligence algorithms foster communication between the mind and the machine or what an artistic brain is like, among others.

The Coordinator of Cultural Dissemination of the UNAM, Jorge Volpi in a press conference, said that the objective of the festival is to unite scientific, humanistic and artistic disciplines, which outside the University are drastically separated. This year, through a discipline that emblematically marks the essential areas of knowledge of our time: neuroscience.

The festival organized by CulturaUNAM, under the title Frontiers of the brain and artificial intelligence, has a program made up of more than 45 activities including conferences, dance, theater, cinema, music and children's shows that will take place from May 30 to June 3 at the University Cultural Center, Radio UNAM, the Museo Universitario del Chopo and in the BBVA Bancomer Foundation's Open Space Mexico.

The discovery of empathy neurons in 1996 is one of the most important findings to understand what surrounds us, since they are capable of making us feel what the other feels. This advance is key to discovering the mechanisms that our brains have to identify with the other beyond differences, as well as exploring the possibilities of communication that we have in common. Giacomo Rizzolatti, Emeritus Professor of Human Physiology at the University of Parma and discoverer of the so-called mirror neurons, will hold a dialogue with the writer Jorge Volpi on the main axes of his research. As Carlos Fuentes said: "We destroy the other when we are unable to imagine it." In this context, it is essential to understand the neuroscience of empathy.

The Aleph is also a possibility to explore what happens in our brain through art. For this reason, the staging of "The Difficult Problem" was commissioned, a dramatic text by Tom Stoppard under the direction of Sandra Félix. This piece addresses one of the central difficulties in neuroscience. The Nobel Prize in Physiology, Gerald M. Edelman formulated it like this: how matter becomes imagination and consciousness. At the end of the first show, there will be a panel discussion with the participation of Giacomo Rizzolatti, Richard Andersen, Ranulfo Romo, Pablo Rudomin, Hugo Hiriart and Jorge Volpi, moderated by José Gordon.

As part of the artistic proposal, the Japanese choreographer and visual artist Hiroaki Umeda will present Cumulative Layout and Adapt to Distortion, a dance show that bases its lighting design on neural processes, and an acoustic rock concert will be held with the participation of the duo So we are, made up of the neuroscientist and composer Joseph LeDoux and the composer and vocalist, Colin Dempsey.

The José Emilio Pacheco Extraordinary Chair for the Promotion of Reading organizes the New Creativity Meeting as part of El Aleph. Artificial Intelligence and Creativity: Augmented Future, which raises questions about what art created by machines would look like or what stories would unfold from artificial intelligence. This will take place from May 31 to June 1 in the MUAC Auditorium, with the participation of specialists such as Carlos Gershenson García, Leo Bayliss, Pablo Ruiz Fischer and Carolina Arce.

Including more activities, such as theater and cinema, will have an important space in the "El Aleph" festival The cognitive powers of the brain, intelligence and creativity, as well as advances in artificial intelligence, are some of the topics that will be accompanying us during all these activities that Cultura UNAM has prepared for all attendees who love science and the arts in this second edition.

 

 

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