Frequently Asked-Questions

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Due to an overload of messages, questions and remarks on our call for Placebo's for Art, we have created a special list of Frequently Asked Questions concerning this research.

Is the Behring Institute looking for Positive Art and its Placebos only?
The Behring Institute does not expect people to send in positive art only. The Behring Institute is open to the idea that even, or especially, negative art, or negative art placebos can have a (positive or negative) effect on human health. The Behring Institute would like to research the whole field of art, so not just positive art.

Does the Behring Institute need only Placebos for good Art?
The Behring Institute would like to research the influence on health from both good as bad as mediocre art, so the Behring Institute needs Placebos for Art with the same adjectives.

Can the Behring Institute enlarge the explanation of the term 'Placebos for Art'?
A placebo is a simulated medical intervention that can produce a (perceived or actual) improvement on a persons health, called a placebo effect. In the case of this research, the Behring Institute will serve art as a medical intervention. The placebo for Art therefore has to simulate art: it looks, sounds, feels, or in any other way manifests itself as art but it actually is not art. The placebo is a fake replacement, which is the fundamental non-sequitur in our proposition. It's obvious that the request from Behring Institute for proposals can be considered as the first step in determining what placebos for art might be.

Is the Behring Institute open for more than one proposal for Placebos for Art?
(Probable) makers of Placebos for Art can send in more than only one work, please use a new form for every work.

Does the Behring Institute set a maximum or minimum size to the Placebos for Art?
At forehand the Behring Institute does not want to settle any boundary on which or what kind of Placebos for Art can be part of the research.

Who would be in charge of the execution costs?
The Behring Institute, together with the maker of the Placebo for Art will be in charge of the execution costs for Placebos for Art.

Does the Behring Institute have any fee for the artist?
The Behring Institute will, in consultation with the makers of the works to be used, agree to appropriate compensation.

Did the Behring Institute settle any budget limit?
Due to the international importance of this study and based upon earlier research the Behring Institute predicts the budget for this research to be virtual unlimited.

Can the Behring Institute tell something about the actual research?
Research on the influence of art on public health is obvious an exceptional difficult project to accomplish. There is many research about the combination, but to prove whether art can influence health, for better or worse is a total new matter. The Behring Institute is known for its precise, accurate and dedicated research. We can only continue this preciseness by taking one, and only small, step at a time.
Both Art and Health are very sensitive subjects. In order to really take both fields of human life to another next level this research is of of the highest priority for the Behring Institute.

The research steps for the coming future are divided in four main era's:

1. 2010-2011 Call for Placebos for Art
A placebo is a simulated medical intervention that can produce a (perceived or actual) improvement on a persons health, called a placebo effect. In the case of this research, Behring Institute will serve art as a medical intervention. The placebo for Art therefore has to simulate art: it looks, sounds, feels, or in any other way manifests itself as art but it actually is not art. The placebo is a fake replacement, which is the fundamental non-sequitur in our proposition. It's obvious that the request from Behring Institute for proposals can be considered as the first step in determining what placebos for art might be.

2. 2011-2013 Finding good opponents for the list of usable Placebos for Art.
With the selection of Placebos for Art the Behring Institute has to find opponents in real art. If Behring Institute has the combinations Behring Institute will start looking for funding again.

3. 2013-2015 Defining and designing the research strategy.
The Placebos for Art, as the real artworks, will be of the highest importance to determine which exact strategy will be used for the research on the influence of art on public health. The Behring Institute wishes to design and define this part of the research with an independent cultural opponent of the Behring Institute itself. Funding for the research will be a very important task for the cultural opponent.
The Behring Institute gives insight in a possible sketch for the design of the research. Everything is in the subtle movement of development, there is no doubt whatsoever about the concept of dealing with more than just one initial approach. Both Art and Health is too exceptional difficult to risk a failure in an early stage.
Behring Institute marks three fields of research to underline the importance:

*a. Everyday life;
A group will get extra real art in their houses and in their jobs. A control group will get the same amount of extra's but in the form of placebos. This long time research will find out if people are more or less ill and if they feel better or worse with placebos or art.
*b. Life of health and sickness;
In special health situations like hospitals, doctor waiting rooms and dentists ceilings (to look at while you have your teeth taken away) we will place art, and in similar cases the coherent placebos. Will patients feel better sooner or later?
*c. Laboratory;
A laboratory situation where at one side everything is art (including beds, doors, food, the way the food is served, toilets, staff, everything what is on television, newspapers, etc.) and on the other hand we only find the placebo opponents of these arts.

4. 2015-2017 The final research.
Based on all the information gathered with step 1-3, The Behring Institute will be able to develop the research on the influence of art on public health. Finally the world will discover wether art has a good, bad or neutral influence on public health.

Which language should be used for communicating to the Behring Institute?
For the international character of this research people have to write messages to the Behring Institute in no other than the English language.

What should I do, send my URL's, video's or fill out the form?
There is people just sending their website, this will only work if the website is the actual Placebo for Art. Even in that case the Behring Institute recommends to send an image of the website, instead of the website itself. In this case, and all other cases please use the form on our website: http://www.behringinstitute.com/research/placebos_for_art/

Is the Behring Institute asking for existing Placebos for Art only?
The Behring Institute is asking for images of works of art from artists around the world. This includes proposals of long projects, new projects, existing projects, any kind of projects that looks, sounds, feels, or in any other way manifests itself as art but it actually is not art.

Is the Behring Institute also happy with sculptures, videos, websites, performances?
The Behring Institute asks for images at this moment. This can also be images from non 2D Art as sculptures, mail art, video, internet, performances, paintings, pictures, mail art, or any other medium. The Behring Institute will probably publish the proposals on her website behringinstitiute.com or in a report and try to select a number of them. With this selection the Behring Institute will connect to the art world in order to find appropriate real art, as opponents to the found placebos for art.
When the Behring Institute has real art and the placebos for art together, the Behring Institute will start looking for funding this extensive research.

How can I make donations in order to really have this research happening?
If people want to donate their art, possible placebos or money to the Behring Institute, they can contact J. Andersom, j.andersom@behringinstitute.com
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