Prof. Robert Pepperell
Robert Pepperell is an artist and writer. His current work is attempts to draw together ideas and approaches from art, science and philosophy to gain a better understanding of consciousness, experience, and what it is to be human. He is currently interested in the problem of how to depict the visual field in drawing, painting and other media, but has published recently on a range of topics, including the neuroscience of visual indeterminacy and the theory of extended mind.
Alistair is a digital artist whose work explores the divide between virtual space and the physicality of the everyday world. He has exhibited internationally, and has extensive experience in developing and delivering creative digital ideas for commercial applications.
Since 2005 Alistair has been working in the field of commercial augmented reality and immersive media systems. He has developed over forty bespoke projection mapping and creative digital projects on a global basis, from Shanghai to South America, for a range of prestigious clients including Chanel, a James Bond production, The United Arab Emirates Media Council, Arcadia Group, PICO worldwide and more.
Alistair joined the Fovography project in 2013, and has been collaborating on the development of new theories of visual perception and designing new technologies for representing visual experience in digital media.
Nicole is a PhD candidate at Cardiff Metropolitan University. She is a trained psychologist with a background in cognitive neuroscience, psychological rehabilitation and neurobiology. She joined the multidisciplinary project Fovography in 2015, where she is involved in integrating scientific investigation and creative practice. Her PhD thesis studies perception in the far peripheral visual field and aesthetic judgments on artistic representations of subjective experience. Nicole’s specific interest in aesthetics and psychophysics goes back to her Masters’ thesis (at Sapienza University of Rome) and to her funded research experience at the University of Liverpool’s Visual Perception Lab, where she specialised in the study of aesthetic preferences and the affective connotations of abstract shapes. Nicole’s predisposition to multidisciplinary collaboration is also reflected in her recent involvement in a successful Wellcome Seed award investigating the relationship between the artistic manipulation of images and mindfulness practice.
Joseph is currently in the process of writing up his PhD at Cardiff Metropolitan University, which looks at the use of artistic methods to improve the human perception of depth in optical pictures. During this research he has collaborated with Perceptual Labs at Technology University Delft (TUD), to design scientific picture comparison experiments which explore how visual space is depicted physically on a two-dimensional surface. Further psychophysical studies have successfully integrated eye tracking technologies which have allowed gaze analysis in conjunction with quantitative and qualitative questioning, bringing a greater understanding of the visual advantages of Fovography pictures in comparison to optical pictures of the same scene.
Tony Langford is an Academic Associate of Cardiff Metropolitan University, researching the benefits of immersive technologies on health and wellbeing. He is interested in how creative applications of new technology can improve self-awareness and mindful attention to our present-moment experience. He is working with the team on how Fovography affects the focus of attention and improves a sense of presence, as part of a wider project exploring the future of immersive technologies.
Tony is a co-founder / Director of Kinetica Museum, promoting interdisciplinary collaboration and cross-over between artists, scientists, performers, technologists and academics. Since 2009 he has coordinated the annual programme of talks and events at Kinetica Art Fair in London, themed around concepts such as the human body and brain, perception and consciousness. He has established networks and connections with artists, neuroscientists, academics and performers who are using some of the latest interactive, holographic and immersive technologies.