Mimesis

Educate. Clarify. Propagate.

Mimesis has been traditionally understood to be a form of imitation or representation that defines the quality of realism in the language of art and literature. But it is also possible to interpret mimesis as a kind of reception.

Reception does not describe just the passive acceptance of something. It describes the first step in the two-pronged process of mimetic synthesis. Mimetic synthesis represents the process of becoming aware of an external stimulus or intervention and performing an appropriate response to it. Our pedagogy and therapy programs are linked to this interpretation of reception (to be introduced soon).

Our vision of working with the modes of teaching and learning is not just to transfer and convey knowledge-systems that we already work with, but to make them into provocations for the emergence of new knowledge. Learning is an active process that we understand as a mechanism oriented towards the future. We need to learn and know what we do not know to be able to respond to the events of the future and also to be able to make sense of the present.

We see therapy as a mode for learning as well, but for a different kind of knowledge. Therapy is a process through which an individual can get insights into his or her behaviour and experience. Even if we choose to see it outside the psychopathological context, we can still understand how it could become a site for insight-linked transition and transformation of the self. If we mark art-based therapeutic processes our primary interest area, then we know the close linkage of art, perception and cognition as the scope of our explorations.

The pedagogy and therapy programs will be part of our next phase of activity. We have already started modelling the modes, and working on the processes and curricula involved in these. You will get a glimpse of these in our journals, public discourse and social media in the next few months.