• Daria Martin, Sensorium Tests (film still), 2012, © the artist, courtesy Maureen Paley, London.

In Conversation: Mirror-Touch Synaesthesia

Tue 01 Sep 2015 – Tue 01 Sep 2015 Site Gallery (open Tues – Sat / 11am – 5.30pm)
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Join Professor Jamie Ward and exhibition curator, Sara Cluggish, for a conversation exploring different forms of synaesthesia. Responding to the work of Daria Martin in Exercises in Empathy, they will discuss the intricacies of mirror-touch synaesthesia. Individuals with this condition feel touch on their own body when they witness touch on another person.

Jamie is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Sussex. He is currently the most prolific researcher of synaesthesia in the world with over 40 empirical publications on this topic. His research in the area includes its neural basis and development, the effects it has on cognition, and its relationship to typical modes of perceiving.

Our forthcoming exhibition, Exercises in Empathy, explores how the body senses objects and responds to concepts and ideas through touch and movement. Photographs, moving image, sculpture and archive materials show how inner and physical worlds blur into each other. Acts of repetition, mirroring and mediation are used to examine the space between sensing and knowing, doing and thinking