MIT: Navigation

9th March 2017 (7pm)

How does the human brain make sense of the physical space we experience? What abstractions and practical tools such as maps and globes are available to us, especially when confronting a force as serious and deadly as the sea. On Thursday the 9th of March 2017 at 7pm we will explore the topic of Navigation: both in the brain and through tools. From the moulding and shaping of globes, drawings lines which divide up the land, we hope to delve into the technical, political and internal experiences and consequences of navigation.

Dr Hugo Spiers is a Reader in Neuroscience in the Department of Experimental Psychology at University College London (UCL) and is group leader of the Spatial Cognition Research Group at UCL. His research group study the neural basis of spatial cognition which he will describe to us in details. His team have also conducted the largest ever research study of human navigation, testing over 2.5 million people across the world on a virtual reality navigation task: “Sea Hero Quest”.

Sylvia Sumira is an independent conservator specialising in globes, with experience in globe conservation at the National Maritime Museum. Sylvia has since set up her own studio, worked for museums, libraries and other institutions, her book ‘The Art and History of Globes’ was recently published by the British Library.

Artist, teacher and Making in Transit founder Jennifer Crouch will share some videos from the Arctic and describe what it took to hand-carve wooden maps of the landscape she explored.

Additionally, Arctic Circle residency expedition leader – Sarah Gerats – will share a brief video that communicated her feelings about being at sea, sailing in the high Arctic, Antarctic and getting lost.

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THECUBE London offers a series of free events that are curated under the themes of design, art, science, and technology. This is the second residency by artist and physicist Jennifer Crouch, exploring how people navigate through complex and challenging environments.