Signs Of Life

Images from Hei During 2017 Mervyn is Artist in Residence at the Centre for the History of Emotions at Queen Mary University of London.

He will be using the residency to learn more about how our brains respond to a situation where we believe something to be alive when it is not. When we are enjoying watching puppets, we playfully encounter this phenomenon like a viewer with a Necker Cube.

Mervyn will be interviewing and discussing this phenomenon and related experiences with leading researchers across the UK in a variety of fields including experimental psychologists, neurologists, social neuroscientists and philosophers. The Centre for the History of Emotions will provide a place to contextualise the findings and reflect on next steps.

It is possible that the work will result in a new theatre piece to do with perception.

Mervyn is blogging here.

The lead contact at CHE is Dr Tiffany Watt-Smith.

Other correspondents include:

Dr Catharine Abell and Dr Joel Smith, Manchester University

Dr A P Atkinson and Dr Paddy Ross, Durham University

Dr Michael Banissy and Dr Guido Orgs, Goldsmiths University of London

Dr Caroline Catmur and Dr Eamonn Walsh, Kings College University of London

Prof Emily Cross, Prof Paul Downing and Dr Kami Koldewyn, Bangor University

Dr James Kilner, UCL

Dr Nikolaus Kriegeskorte, MRC-CBU Cambridge University

Prof Matthew Longo, Birkbeck University of London

Stephen Mottram, puppeteer

Dr Marta Ponari, University of Kent

Paul Piris, puppetry director and academic

Dr Susanne Quadflieg, University of Bristol

Yoav Segal animator and film-maker

Prof Susanna Siegel, Harvard University