Brief CV
Flora Lysen is an art historian and curator based in Amsterdam. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Institute of Culture and History at the University of Amsterdam, where she is researching artistic models and metaphors of the brain from the mid-twentieth century to the present. Previously, she has worked as a researcher, curator and teacher at various institutions, including the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and BAK, basis for actuele kunst, in Utrecht. She has been co-editor of The Smooth and the Striated, Deleuze Studies Journal (Edinburgh: Edingburgh University Press, 2012), together with Patricia Pisters.
Curatorial Statement
As a curator and academic researcher, educated in the history of art, visual culture and the history of science, I’m interested in the current and historical dissemination and impact of scientific imagery on philosophical and scientific discourse. The interaction between art and science has been at the core of my practice over the past few years. At present, I PhD student and member of a research group in the Media Studies department at the University of Amsterdam on topic of neurocultures and neuroaesthetics. My particular interest in this area is the way in which scholarship in visual culture studies can contribute to a better understanding of the ongoing aspirations to represent and depict the working of the brain and the mind in the twentieth century. In my PhD research, I specifically study moments in which artists and scientists worked together to imagine and visualize how the human brain worked.
Projects realized (Selection)
In 2010, I curated the exhibition The Smooth and the Striated, in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam at two exhibition spaces: Nieuw Dakota and Huize Frankendael. In 2011-2012, I was co-curator of an exhibition and lecture and film-program on ‘The Weight of Colour’, that researched the social and economic history of colour pigments, the experience of colour in everyday life and the turn from analog colour to digital colour in film. The program was initiated by the Materiaalfonds for Beeldende Kunst en Vormgeving and realized in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum, the Utrecht and Amsterdam (Rietveld) art academy, Kriterion Cinema. In 2012, I was a researcher for the Anthropocene project at Haus der Kulturen der Welt and for the exhibition ‘The Whole Earth’, curated by Anselm Franken and Diedrich Diederichsen at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.