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Experience in Action


‘Experience in Action’ is an interdisciplinary collaborative art-science project with Body Eyes and Movement Lab [ BEAM Lab] Led by Ellen Poliakoff and Emma Gowen] and artist Antony Hall. The project explores sensorimotor processing in older autistic adults and people with Parkinson’s. In both conditions, movement and coordination problems can be issues that have implications for mobility, independence and quality of life. Therefore, it is important to understand how movement is affected and under what conditions it may be improved to inform support and future interventions.

A series of workshops took place at Manchester Art Gallery where participants were invited to try a series of interactive artworks and experiments inspired by research at BEAM Lab. Participants talked talk to scientists about their experiences and the research at BEAM Lab. The activities included new versions of ‘Alien Hands’ and ‘Mirror Hand’ experiments and a self-seeing (autoscopic) experiment using a 360 camera and VR goggles.

Highlights from workshops at Manchester Art Gallery

Workshop Development

Here is an extract of us testing some ideas with the Mirror Hands experiment at BEAM Lab…

See more details and development here:

Artist, educator, and researcher working between the fields of science and art.