Fondazione Prada

Culture and Consciousness 9 – 13 Nov 2020

“Human Brains” is a multidisciplinary project dedicated to brain studies and organized by Fondazione Prada. A program of exhibitions, debates and publishing activities that will take place from November 2020 to November 2022.

The project is the result of a complex research conducted in collaboration with a scientific board chaired by Giancarlo Comi and composed of researchers, scholars, popularizers and curators, such as Jubin Abutalebi, Massimo Cacciari, Viviana Kasam, Udo Kittelmann, Andrea Moro, and Daniela Perani.

As stated by Miuccia Prada, President of Fondazione Prada, “during the 25 year-long activity of our foundation, I have always wished to work on relevant cultural ideas. This specific project devoted to neuroscience is maybe our most important project so far: for a visual art institution dealing with science is a true challenge, as it will have to give voice and shape to the ideas of the researchers. This dialogue embodied by ‘Human Brains’ underlines the importance of cooperation, in order to give value and disseminate meaningful studies and practices for our present.”

The first phase of “Human Brains” is represented by the online conference “Culture and Consciousness” taking place online from 9 to 13 November 2020. The event is structured in five daily discussions focused on the study of consciousness in neurosciences. Each panel will include a debate between two scholars coordinated by one or more moderators.

The study of consciousness in the field of neuroscience is addressed through comparison with other disciplines: philosophy, psychology, linguistics and anthropology. The online conference is structured following a gradual development: from a scientific and microscopic perspective to a humanistic and overall view.


The video recordings of the discussions are published below.


Consciousness: The Still Open Questions (Two Different Perspectives)

Michele Di Francesco

Fifty years of consciousness: A philosophical history

Giulio Tononi

Consciousness and Our Place in Nature

Viviana Kasam


Massimo Cacciari

Concluding remarks

Giancarlo Comi

Concluding remarks


Ian Tattersall

Culture as the Ultimate Expression of Evolution

Idan Segev

Design for a Creative Brain

Katrin Amunts


The Languages of Human Consciousness

Stanislas Dehaene

Human Singularity: Which Aspects of Consciousness Are Shared with Other Primates and Which Are Unique?

Andrea Moro

Impossible Languages: Infinity as the Fingerprint of the Human Mind

Jubin Abutalebi


Functional and Structural Neuroimaging

Eve Marder

Individual Differences and Differential Resilience

Antonio Damasio

On the Biology of Feeling and Consciousness

Daniela Perani


Neurobiological Bases of Consciousness

Mavi Sanchez-Vives

In the Search for Consciousness: Brain Processing of Real and Virtual Worlds

Jean-Pierre Changeux

The Connectomics of Conscious Processing: From the Molecular to the Cultural Level

Giancarlo Comi