Art + Research: Hello brain, you’ve been on my mind!

29 Nov 2023, 18:00

A conversation between artist Lisa Tan and Håkan Fischer, professor in human biological psychology.

For the exhibition Dodge and/or Burn, Lisa Tan has looked at the intersection between the nervous system and interior life as a way to examine the operations of art, uncertainty and the formation of the self. As a professor in biological psychology this intersection is Håkan Fischer’s expertise and field of research. The focus of biological psychology is understanding and explaining psychological functions with the help of underlying biological processes, or, in other words how our experience of the world is connected to processes in the brain. Departing from the exhibition Dodge and/or Burn, Tan and Fischer discuss their respective methods and different considerations in exploring human inner life.

The café and exhibition space are open until 20:00. This means that you have the opportunity to experience Lisa Tan’s Dodge and/or Burn both before and after the conversation under the influence of a light meal, fika or your drink of choice.

Read more about the exhibition Dodge and/or Burn

Accelerator Café
Wednesday 29 November
Time: 18:00
Duration: 1 hour

The conversation will be in English
Free entry


Håkan Fischer is the chair professor of Human Biological Psychology and head of the division of Biological psychology at the Department of Psychology since 2011. Fischer’s primary area of research is differences within and between subjects in cognitive, affective, social and perceptual processing and the relation between these behaviors and brain function, with a specific focus on adult age differences. The goal is to use single subject small-N designs and variability to study mechanisms behind these processes.

Lisa Tan’s work is imbued with personal narrative and is marked by material and conceptual precision. It takes the form of installation, photography, video, writing and other gestures. She is currently Professor of Art at Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions and screenings at institutions such as Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam (2022), Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2021), Tabakalera, San Sebastian (2021), Whitechapel Gallery, London (2020), MIT List Center (2017), Kunsthall Trondheim (2017), ICA Philadelphia (2016). She was included in The Ghost Ship and the Sea Change, the 11th Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA) (2021), Why Not Ask Again? the 11th Shanghai Biennale (2016), Surround Audience, the Triennial exhibition at the New Museum (2015). 

Portraits of artist Lisa Tan and Professor Håkan Fischer in duotone
Photo Lisa Tan: Jean-Baptiste Béranger. Photo Håkan Fischer: Adam af Ekenstam.