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Understanding how and why we experience illusions can highlight the limits of our senses and open a window into the cognitive processes that underlie our perceptions. Experimental psychology provides tools and methods to explore these kinds of experience. This practice-based artistic research builds on techniques used in experimental psychology. It exploits the creative possibilities these mechanisms of experience afford within the context of artistic practice.

The workshops developed through this research are based on multisensory-perceptual illusions, which use combinations of touch, sound and light, and sensory deprivation to create hallucinatory effects. These workshops can be understood as toolkits for exploring perceptual experience, with applications in the arts and beyond.

This blog contains notes and documentation created through the research process and links to the workshops developed. While it may not be possible to participate in the work, instructions are provided for those who may wish to re-create [and build on] the work for themselves.

This is an NWCDTP funded PhD project based at Manchester Metropolitan University] with an advisory team from BEAM Lab [University of Manchester]