Signs Of Life
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 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