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Goldsmiths, University of London
Ben Pimlott Building Lecture Theatre / Zoom
28 Feb 2024, 4pm-5pm 

Whitehead Lecture: Guido Orgs, The Neurocognition of Liveness

Part of the Spring 2024 series of Whitehead Lectures

What makes live experiences special? Liveness is a central feature of music concerts, dance performances and theatre plays, but it is also relevant to political rallies, sporting events and meeting online. In this talk, I will discuss some of the theoretical and practical challenges for a neuroscience of liveness. I propose that live experiences can be conceptualized and measured as a form of sustained entrainment between the minds, brains, and bodies of at least two people in a defined here and now. We will discuss several studies in music and dance performance that focus on different components of liveness, and using behavioural, psychophysiological and neural measures.

By their very nature, live experiences are unique, context-dependent and social. Our research on liveness thus exposes many of the limitations associated with traditional, lab-based and often lonely cognitive neuroscience experiments, and illustrates an alternative interdisciplinary, real-world neuroscience approach. We combine theories from theatre and performance studies, mobile neuroimaging methods, psychological experimentation and artistic research as complementary routes to understanding liveness.

Free event, open to all.

More information and booking here.

Image from How Shall We Begin Again? performed at Siobhan Davies Studios, November 2022  

9, 10, 11 NOVEMBER 2023


~ snakeskin in the wild ~

NEUROLIVE is excited to announce a new collaboration with Dog Kennel Hill Project (artists Ben Ash, Henrietta Hale and Rachel Lopez de la Nieta), leading to performances at Siobhan Davies Studios in November.

Full booking information and details here.

Image credit: Dog Kennel Hill Project slime experiments

A European Research Council funded project