Illusions, sounds and Freud.

Quite interesting evening at the Freud Museum yesterday, as part of their celebration of the Unconscious. Joe Banks spoke about auditory illusions, such as the McGurk effect which show that what we hear is influenced by what we see. (More here. He also referred to the work of Diana Deutsch, such as the phantom words…

The heavens

We have spent some time this week watching the stars in La Palma, which is renowned for the quality of its darkness. (It is the first UNESCO “Starlight Reserve”.) (Thanks to Ana Garcia Suarez of ¬†www.astrolapalma.com for the guided session and for the image.) Once again, an example of the narrowness of our own perceptions…

Whale watching

We spent an afternoon watching whales off the Canary Island of La Palma last week, during a family holiday. We saw two schools of pilot whales (or one school twice: both sets appear from my photos to have been globicephala melas, the long-finned pilot whale). We also saw a group of dolphins, and two huge…

Thoughts on the unconscious

The Freud Museum held an exhibition last week to mark the 100th anniversary of the publication of Freud’s paper on “The Unconscious”. Several new media art works were included, for eample: – Theophany by Disinformation – Installation in Freud’s study and consulting room by stage designers from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama…