The Sussex Humanities Lab and the Leverhulme “Sensation and Percepton to Awareness” DSP will be organising a number of public events around themes of embodiment. Clustered around two weekends at the end of April, these events are interdisciplinary in nature and open to the public, to researchers, hackers, engineers, artists and everyone in between. We hope you’ll attend one of these events and please share widely.
Also please note that some events require advanced registration!
April 24 ~ Predicting Your Self
13:00-16:00 GMT @The Rose Hill, Brighton
An intimate discussion and reading group on the topic of the predictive brain, embodiment and interoception with guest Andy Clark. We’ll be hosted by The Rose Hill, an experimental culture space in the center of Brighton.
Entry is free, but advance RSVP is required via this form! Once you have registered we will send you the texts we will be discussing.
April 24 ~ Emergence Salon
18:00-20:30 GMT @The Rose Hill, Brighton
An evening of short presentations on mind, perception and awareness by emerging researchers across multiple departments at the University of Sussex, hosted by The Rose Hill.
Sam Berens (Research Scientist, Psychology) – Modelling the mind in machines
Trevor Hewitt (Research Scientist, Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science) – The Geometry of Visual Hallucinations
Fiona Miller (Doctoral Researcher, Music) – Listening through the body, composing for the lab
Benjamin White (Doctoral Researcher, Philosophy) – Filtered States: Social Media, Predictive Processing, and Mental Health
April 30 / May 1st ~ The Embodiment Hackathon
10:00-18:00 GMT @Sussex Humanities Lab
A weekend of shared curiosity and experimentation, the Embodiment Hackathon sets off with a question: how can sensor technology expand or complicate an embodied sense of selfhood? This question resonates across a spectrum of interests and disciplines ranging from computer programming, electronic sound arts, cognitive science, neuroscience, and other forms of data-driven research interests, to embodied and somatic practices in dance, performance, craft and art studio practice. The hackathon as the name suggests, will approach this question with a hacker’s ethos. According to Mitch Altman, one of the early founders of and an expert on the hackerspace movement, that means ‘wanting to share your enthusiasm and skills in what you do with those around you’. The hackathon has a two-sided focus that intervenes on both sides of what have typically been regarded as two very different, even sometimes opposed types of knowledge: phenomenological and empirical knowledge. The ambition of the EH is to see what can come from taking a practical approach to both kinds of knowing.
Please register your interest by 17 April here https://forms.gle/SyChuL5jWCnHHgA68