Colloqium #6

March 2015

source: illustration from cognition in the wild source: illustration from cognition in the wild
source: illustration from cognition in the wild


Our sixth colloquium took place on 7th March 2015. It was a presentation and discussion of a take on distributed cognition and perception by Auris-E. Lipinski. It took place in the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, Room 2093 and was a discussion on cognition beyond the individual, the role of practice in coping with everyday life and complex cognitive systems with according examples on the basis of Edwin Hutchins work.

Among the participants were CEO´s of differently engaged companies (VIOM, HFC, HeuroLabs), open for research concerning cognition.

The expert role was kindly taken by Martin Thiering.


source: ael
source: ael

Auris–E. Lipinski: Auris-E. Lipinski is a studied philosophy teacher with experience in the tech industry, providing one-on-one lessons and tech-communications for companies and entrepeneurs, as well as language trainings and simultanoues translations. While studying Philosophy & English at Humboldt University, Berlin, she became a scientific assistant at VIOM GmbH. She founded PhenCoCo in the aftermath of university seminars like “Konstruktion und Phänomenologie der Wahrnehmung”, Phänomenologie und Kognition" (M. Thiering) and “Computation und Geist” (J. Bach). She has been involved in different research and development projects, guiding her academic interests towards way finding and cognitive preconditions for navigation, both computational and phenomenological. This includes working on spacial concepts found in philosophy, psychology and robotics, subsuming Gestalt theory, embodiment theories, language/ concept importance, association and intuition. Her personal interests lie a.o. in current issues in philosophy, technology, and science, specifically navigation, optimisation, and telematics.

Expert Guests


Martin Thiering (Expert Guest): rof. Dr. Martin Thiering’s interdisciplinary, difference-theoretical-semiotic approach to meaning-making and shaping processes in multimedia and multimodal environments focuses on communicative, speech- and image-act-theoretical processes, especially in visual media. Prof. Thiering understands these as semiotic practices in media-based application processes and investigates such performative processes in various (neo-)analog and digital media, including, for example, design processes in VR spaces or media framing. The focus is on interactions between cognition and practices in the relationship between the visual and the textual or auditory, using the example of computer games, photographs, films, graphic novels, or architectural designs. Prof. Thiering analyzes the meaning-giving performative practices, among other things, on the basis of gestalt and embodiment theory and phenomenological theories. From Prof. Thiering’s point of view, phenomena such as optical illusions or ambiguous figures are of fundamental importance for the understanding of creative processes. Prof .Thiering’s teaching is inter- and transdisciplinary and open to the critical examination of socially relevant topics such as sexism, racism and classism in the field of visual cultures. In his teaching, he combines theory and empirical practice in an explorative way.

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