In a society driven by technology, curator Gabriella Warren-Smith is fascinated by the impact of digital devices on the way humans think and behave.

In this talk, Gabriella shared the results of her research project “Cognitive Sensations”, a public programme of cross-disciplinary practice in art and science examining the impact of technology on the brain.

How are perception and attention impacted by repetitive screen exposure, and what is our biological future with these devices? 

Gabriella Warren-Smith is an independent curator and writer, whose research investigates the relationship between digital culture and society. She initiated Cognitive Sensations in 2018, following a desire to explore the neurological impact of handheld technology. 

This project quickly turned into a career and a passion. She now enjoys working with artists and scientists on multidisciplinary projects exploring human development in a technological world. She has presented this research in organisations such FACT, The British Museum and Tate Liverpool, and is currently exploring the medium of the online sphere. 

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This event was produced for you by our super Team of Volunteers. Lots of shine to: Samm Anga, Dean Botham, Mishelle Brito, Alexandra Busila,  Francesca Gransden, Matthew Harvey.

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About the music

Piece Name: bodyscan
This musical segment for Agora explores the concept of body scanning. A body scan meditation brings attention to the different areas of the body, from the crown of the head to the soles of the feet. The words in this piece attempt to map the memory of a person within different spaces of the body, evoking the emotive quality of each of the senses. The music borrows from the slow, meditative sound of spiritual practice, but juxtaposes it with an irregular and disruptive kick and snare patterns to coincide with the unrest of the vocals. The video distorts and fragments short vignettes that fracture before the eyes can source their meaning.

What did we learn?

  1. Cognitive Sensations is now officially registered and the project is expanding.
  2. Our behaviour related to technology can be trained.
  3. Neuroplasticity is what keeps our brain up to speed in learning new habits.
  4. The interesting point of view of scientist vs artists in talking about neuro-science.

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