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Bengaluru: Science Gallery Bengaluru presents its ongoing season of digital exhibitions, PSYCHE, which explores the human mind and the complexities of thinking and feeling in Kannada until May 15, 2022. The exhibition explores the complexities of the human mind in socio-political and cultural contexts and is developed in collaboration with National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance, The Wellbeing Project and Dr. Guislain Museum, Ghent.

Science Gallery Bengaluru is a public institution for research-based engagement aimed at young adults. It was established with the founding support of the Government of Karnataka and three academic partners – Indian Institute of Science, National Center for Biological Sciences and Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology and is a member of the Global Science Gallery Network along with its sister galleries at Atlanta, Detroit, Dublin, London, Melbourne, Rotterdam and Berlin.

Through its many exhibitions, the institution has brought science into mainstream culture and with this exhibition, it continues to break down language barriers and make it accessible to diverse audiences. Organized by the team at Science Gallery Bengaluru, PSYCHE brings together philosophers, neuroscientists, artists, psychologists, filmmakers, sociologists, writers and performers. Shaped with guidance from a multidisciplinary panel of scholars – Richard Wingate, Sanjeev Jain, Ulrike Kluge and Vikram Patel, and conservation advisors – Jill Bennett, Marius Kwint, Natasha Ginwala and Ruth Garde, the exhibition will present 10 exhibitions, 6 films and 40+ live programs including workshops, masterclasses and public lectures.

While seeking to break down the barriers between research and society, the 10 multidisciplinary projects trace the complexities of the mind from the depths of anxiety to the heights of euphoria. ‘The Asylum’ examines the history of psychiatric institutions in India set up during the colonial period through archival texts and images, provided by the NIMHANS Museum. ‘Live Hamlets‘ is a 6-part performance that explores the inner monologues of (Shakespeare’s) Hamlet in a world heavily dictated by the real and hyperreal aspects of social media. The show is directed by Chanakya Vyas, a director, playwright and teacher based in Bengaluru.

Schizophrenia and the Brain by Makarand V. Pantoji (Senior Resident Physician in the Department of Psychiatry,

NIMHANS) and Urvakhsh M Mehta (Additional Professor of Psychiatry at NIMHANS explores ongoing clinical research that can help understand and identify schizophrenia.

Some of the upcoming conferences in Kannada include Tracing the trail: from memory to neurons by Ravi Muddashetty (molecular biologist) Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Methods by Janardhan Reddy (Professor, NIMHANS) and Serious mental illnesses: what do you need to know? by Jagadisha Thirthalli (Psychiatrist)

“We must all do our best to create vibrant intellectual lives in Indian languages. It’s the only way to keep our languages ​​alive and our cultures growing to meet this moment. For us at Science Gallery Bengaluru, we are committed to creating high quality content in English and Kannada. In due course, we will also expand our offering to other Indian languages. This is the only way to ensure that the Gallery is perceived as a public institution! Jahnavi Phalkey, Founding Director, Science Gallery Bengaluru

Other exhibition highlights for viewers to explore in Kannada include – an audio-visual installation’The spirit of black men‘ which is based on the voices of black men who are often absent from conversations about mental health, trauma and stigma. ‘McGill Pain Questionnaire‘ visually investigates the objective method of pain assessment (endometriosis and adenomyosis), in relation to a subjective experience in the context of a classic clinical pain assessment tool. The exhibits also feature interactive experiences such as ‘Play with reality‘, based on the winner of the Best VR Immersive Work in 2021 at the Venice International Film Festival which unveils what the phenomenon of psychosis can teach about the limits of reality; ‘The serpent with a thousand rings‘ gives game participants an empathetic insight into the minds of people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); another participatory web experience’Change one’s mind‘ helps to understand the implication of brain implants on the mind.

PSYCHE will also include film screenings and discussions, masterclasses, workshops, quizzes, panel discussions and a guided tour of the museum. An activity manual, audio and reading material and a video games room will allow the public to deepen the subject. PSYCHE also presents audience responses to outreach programs in the run-up to the exhibition – Writing Prompts and Photo Prompts – in which some participants were mentored by Anmol Tikoo and Sharbendu De, respectively.

You can see the exhibition (and register for upcoming conferences, masterclasses, tutorials) here: https://psyche.scigalleryblr.org

James C. Tibbs