Wasmuth Lecture with Antonio Damasio and Daniel Barenboim

Wasmuth Lecture with Antonio Damasio and Daniel Barenboim


Wasmuth Lecture with Antonio Damasio and Daniel Barenboim
The Barenboim-Said Akademie presented the first Wasmuth Lecture with Antonio Damasio and Daniel Barenboim. The two panellists offered a public conversation at the academy's Pierre Boulez Saal about music, life, feelings, emotions and the making of cultures.


How did humans become human—and where did that which we call culture originate? The world-renowned Portuguese neuroscientist Antonio Damasio (Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain) has a surprising answer: not sense or intellect, but emotions were the decisive factor. In his latest book, "The Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, and the Making of Cultures", he takes a fresh, exciting look at the foundations of human civilization.

Daniel Barenboim and Antonio Damasio also discussed the role of music in our emotional lives. The discussion was accompanied musically with works by Elliott Carter performed by students of the Akademie: Judith Stapf, Yamen Saadi, David Strongin and Kerem Tuncer.

As the first ever Wasmuth Lecture, this event inaugurated a new series made possible by the generous support of the Johannes Wasmuth Foundation, an organization that preserves the legacy of gallery owner, impresario, and curator Johannes Wasmuth, who died in 1997. Wasmuth’s impressive personality and artistic expertise laid the foundations for many projects, including the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck near Bonn.