About – Action Lab

Experiments in art and perceptual illusion: Exploring methods used in experimental psychology within the framework of artistic practice?

This is a PhD research project based at MMU in partnership with “Foundation for Art and Creative Technology” [FACT] and Body Eyes And Movement [BEAM] Lab Manchester University. Funded by North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) Scholarship Award. This blog is a repository for notes, documentation of experiments, and other research that support my research. 

This practice-based research centres around the artistic re-creation and re-appropriation, of science experiments for purposes of experience. Taking methods from experimental psychology, workshops will be prototyped through a process of feedback, reflection and action. Initial experiments test newly discovered multisensory illusions; in which participants are asked to create and embody ‘unfeasible’ objects or imagine what it is like to have an invisible hand

[Above] Some details of the Tactile Anchoring Device This is an evolving experimental tool, that can have multiple uses and will develop into several forms through the course of the project. These are used to induct the perceptual illusions such as the invisible hand or embodiment of unfeasible objects.

Much of the experimental work was based on the clay hand experiment – or the embodiment of ‘unfeasible objects’ [See the documentation of the experiments here]

Drawings from the first experiment with clay hands

Some of the work form phase 1 is beginning to emerge!

For general information on my work please visit http://www.antonyhall.net