a conversation with Dr. Konstantinos Katsikopoulos
31 January – 7 March 2015
“I believe that a mind is made of more stuff than logical rationality and problems to be solved.”
Dr. Konstantinos Katsikopoulos
InAppropriate Behaviors I and II represent the collaboration between artist Joanne Grüne-Yanoff, whose artwork investigates hidden urges, and cognitive scientist Konstantinos Katsikopoulos from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. Together they explore how art and cognitive science can address “seemingly nonsensical acts that provide an internal power that can have lasting impact, even if not immediately apparent.” Grüne-Yanoff’s video “Butterfly Spine” was the starting point for their dialogue, which was manifested in letters by Katsikopoulos and responses from Grüne-Yanoff in the form of letters, drawings and photographs.
InAppropriate Behaviors is conceptualized as two concurrent exhibitions. Part I is being held in the historic building housing the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin-Dahlem. Part II is taking place at SATELLITE BERLIN, which is publishing the accompanying catalogue and hosting a talk in February.Joanne Grüne-Yanoff
Joanne Grüne-Yanoff was born in 1966 in Philadelphia and has led a peripatetic life that has brought her to Stockholm, Sweden, where she is currently based. Since the 1990s she has been exhibiting throughout the United States and Europe. Recently, the artist has taken on a series of collaborators, which include scientists, scholars and classical musicians. Her engagement with these diverse creators adds fuel to her established program, in which she employs a variety of media to tell stories of hidden urges and secret desires. In exhibitions that interweave sound installation, video installation, photo-based images, sculpture and words, Grüne-Yanoff immerses the viewer in a poetic language as delicate as it is tenacious. Her art has been written about in publications in Europe and the United States, and her works have been acquired by numerous public and private collections.
Dr. Konstantinos Katsikopoulos is a senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development/Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition. Katsikopoulos studied cognitive psychology and applied mathematics and obtained a Ph.D. in operations research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He was also a visiting assistant professor at the Naval Postgraduate School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At the Max Planck Institute, he holds a W2 position (equivalent to associate professorship) and serves as the deputy director of the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition. Katsikopoulos researches the integration of standard decision theory with the simple rules of thumb that people use and pursues its relevant application in economics, management and health. He serves on the editorial board of the journal Judgment and Decision Making and the advisory board of SATELLITE BERLIN.