Bangalore International Centre in association with Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) had arranged a talk on “The Arts, the Artist and Consciousness” by Dr. Sangeetha Menon, Professor, Consciousness Studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies on Friday, 29th July, 2016 at 6.30 PM. The talk was chaired and moderated by Dr. Deepti Navaratna, Executive Director, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA).
In her presentation Dr. Sangeetha Menon explained about Binaries such as subject-object, brain-mind, me-other are central to understanding consciousness in the context of interdisciplinary discussions that pose exciting questions about what is the nature of experience itself. One of the central puzzles in consciousness studies is how does discrete neural information bind together to give rise to the seamless “I” experience. In this lecture , She presented examples from instances of the Indian arts and argued that the concepts of space and movement play a central role in creating aesthetic experience for the spectator, and transcendence for the Artist. The aesthetic process in its wholesomeness transforms our split cognitions and points to a unitary experience where the subject-object binary melts into one rasa experience.
The audience actively interacted with Dr. Sangeetha Menon after the talk.