Special Events

I+I: Variations on Alteroception

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How might we train ourselves to feel beyond the ends of the body?


Artist Emma Smith presents a new performance and live action research experiment predicting future discoveries in human connection.

For this special event, Smith will be joined by choreographers Siobhan Davies and Helka Kaski and neuroscientist Manos Tsakiris.

This event will include a performance lecture predicting future discoveries followed by a live experiment in shared body ownership. Join us to take part or observe while watching a special performance by Siobhan Davies and Helka Kaski. The event will conclude with a panel discussion between the audience and invited guests.

Bring your lunch and meet the artist, dancers & scientist team
1 – 2:30PM
Performances and experiment
2:30 – 3PM
Panel discussion

Smith’s work I+I: Variations on Alteroception explores the potential to feel through another body. Originally commissioned by Siobhan Davies Dance, this event is a new expansion of Smith’s work, which is currently on tour as part of Siobhan Davies Dance production material / rearranged / to / be, developed with choreographer Efrosini Protopapa and premiered at the Barbican in January 2017, followed by Tramway, Whitworth, and Bluecoat.

Presented as part of The Know Show

FREE ADMISSION – please book to secure a place


Performers and Collaborators

Artist Emma Smith creates sites for experimentation and research through interactive installations and live action, exploring the nature of human relationship and communication through a performance-based social practice. Smith’s book Practice of Place is published by Bedford Press (2015). www.emma-smith.com

Helka Kaski is a Finnish born dance artist and trained in dance at the Laban Centre, London. Helka has worked with dance makers such as Laïla Diallo, Theo Clinkard, Gill Clarke and Roberta Jean. Helka is currently part of the improvisation group, Sheep(s) and is developing her solo project on escapism which at times expands to move, talk and experiment with fellow artists. Helka Kaski bio

Siobhan Davies is a renowned British choreographer who rose to prominence in the 1970s. Davies was a founding member of London Contemporary Dance Theatre and in 1982 joined forces with Richard Alston and Ian Spink to create independent dance company Second Stride. Founding Siobhan Davies Dance in 1988, she works closely with collaborating artists and their creative process, now with a focus on making work for gallery spaces, visual arts and film. Siobhan Davies website

Manos Tsakiris studied psychology and philosophy before completing his PhD in psychology and cognitive neurosciences at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL. His research has focused on the neurocognitve mechanisms that shape the experience of embodiment and self-identity using a wide range of research methods, from psychometrics and psychophysics to neuroimaging. Manos Tsakiris bio

Image credits: 

Siobhan Davies and Helka Kaski

Siobhan Davies Dance
material / rearranged / to / be
Barbican 2017
Photo by Ian Gavan /Getty Images