25 January - 29 January 2016

Scientific Mythologies – CogNovo Workshop 8

Curated by Jane Grant, John Matthias and Mike Phillips
Art and Sound / i-DAT Research Clusters, School of Art and Media
Plymouth University, UK

This workshop will explore the creation of stories and mythologies within the personal and collective imagination and their translation through collaborative artistic practice into short film works leading to a showing of the work by students at the end of the week.

Monday 25th January

Link Building 3rd Floor

Time Title Presenter
10:00 Introduction Jane Grant, John Matthias and Mike Phillips
10:30am - 11:30am Archetypes, Myths and Stories - Creating Modern Science: Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung Arthur Miller (UCL)
11:45am - 12:45pm The Promiscuity of Myth Martin Shaw (Stanford University, USA)
13:00pm Lunch
2:00pm - 3:00pm Where do stories come from? – Collaborative story creation Saul Jaffé (Story Teller in Residence, Globe Theatre)
3:15pm – 5:00pm Explore project ideas Student Groups
7:00pm Welcome Reception at The Treasury, Catherine Street

Tuesday 26th January

Scott Building 113/ Scott Building 104

Time Title Presenter
10:00am - 5:00pm Imperfect Cinema Workshop Allister Gall (Plymouth University)

Wednesday 27th January

Scott Building 113/ Scott Building 104

Time Title Presenter
10:00am - 5:00pm Imperfect Cinema Workshop Allister Gall

Thursday 28th January

Scott Building 113/ Scott Building 104

Time Title Presenter
10:00am - 1:00pm Editing Workshop Allister Gall
1:00pm - 2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm - 4:00pm Sound Workshop Allister Gall
4:15pm – 5:15pm Using Social Media –Sentiment workshop Mike Phillips
6pm Film Screenings (Science Fictions) Jill Craigie Cinema

Friday 29th January

Time Title Presenter
10.00am – 5.00pm completing your films!
6.00pm Student Film Screenings at Plymouth School of Creative Arts, »The Red House«
6.15pm Films part one
Perception, Deception, and Murder Michael Straeubig, Mihaela Taranu, Chun-Wei Hsu
Environmental Fairytale Tara Zaksaite, Ilaria Torre
ekosi eksi Klara Lucznik, Diego Maranan, Christos Melidis, Jacqie Knight
6.45pm Reception
7.15pm Films part two
blurred Raluca Briazu, Kathryn Francis, Agi Haines
Lux Venit in Mundun Joana Galvao, Guy Edmonds, David Bridges
Re-search Michael Sonne, Jack Fletcher, Pinar Oztop, Vaibhav Tyagi


Jane Grant, John Matthias and Mike Phillips: Introduction

If new scientific ideas are to take hold, they need to happen at the right time and in the right circumstances as well as hold enough credibility to settle within the scientific and public imagination. Many cultural ideas are expressed in the form of a story and scientific ideas are no exception, there is always a context and there are often protagonists, even if these protagonists are concepts or theories. Such stories and protagonists often become mythologized and continue to change their form through time and repetition, sometimes dying away, sometimes being reborn or becoming more prevalent. We would like you to think about the research context in your own research projects through the lens of these ideas and make a short film which will be shown at the end of the week.

Arthur I Miller: Archetypes, Myths and Stories - Creating Modern Science: Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung

I was reared in the golden days of the Bronx where one’s greatest dilemma was whether to go to see the Yankees or the Giants play baseball. I spent an eye-opening four years at the City College of New York (CCNY – now CUNY) where I studied physics with heavy doses of philosophy. Then I forsook the wonders of Manhattan – particularly Greenwich Village – for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. There I earned a PhD in physics. The theory of elementary particles was my interest but, as always, my passion was the “What is the Nature of…” questions. So it was inevitable that I would change directions and take the leap into the history of ideas. Reading the original German-language papers written by giants of twentieth-century physics – scientists such as Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg and Wolfgang Pauli – drove home to me the importance of visual thinking in highly creative research. I became interested in how visual images are constructed and stored in the mind and how they are accessed and then manipulated in thinking. I turned to cognitive science which gave me the means to structure my ideas.

My involvement with scientific creativity naturally led to my investigating such concepts as intuition, symmetry and beauty. This work, in turn, was influential in my studying the relation between art and science, and so into such problems as the relation between artistic and scientific creativity.
I subsequently formulated my own model of how creative thinking is carried out – the Network Model, which I have described in Insights of Genius: Imagery and Creativity in Science and Art and Einstein, Picasso: Space, Time and the Beauty that Causes Havoc. In this transition period I was on the faculties of the University of Massachusetts and Harvard University. In the meantime I was globe trotting and decided to emigrate to England – I like to think that I was reversing the brain drain. During 1991 to 2005 I was Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at University College London where I founded the Department of Science & Technology Studies. I now spend my time writing, lecturing and travelling.

I have lectured and written extensively on my research in the history and philosophy of nineteenth and twentieth century science and technology, cognitive science, scientific creativity, and the relation between art and science. I am very proud that some honours have come my way. I am a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Corresponding Fellow of l’Académie Internationale d’Histoire des Sciences, and was awarded fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, as well as grants for research from the American Council of Learned Societies, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung. I have also had the opportunity to be an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Physics.
In the fall term of 1977 I was visiting professor at L’École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris. I was Vice Chairman, Division of History of Physics, American Physical Society for 1983-1984, and Chairman for 1984-1985, and have been a Director of the International History of Physics School at the Ettore Majorana Centre for Scientific Culture, Erice, Sicily.


Martin Shaw: The Promiscuity of Myth

Dr Martin Shaw is an author, mythologist and director of the Westcountry school of myth. He devised and leads the Oral Tradition course at Stanford University and is a visiting fellow at Schumacher College. Recent collaborations have included "Lost Gods" with Mark Rylance and Paul Kingsnorth at the Edinburgh Book Festival, and a collection of Irish and Welsh lyric poems and folktales with Tony Hoagland (Grey Wolf Press).


Saul Jaffé: Where do stories come from? – Collaborative story creation

Saul is a performer, storyteller and workshop leader. As a drama workshop leader he has designed and led courses for organisations such as The Prince’s Trust, The Arvon Foundation, Storytelling Café, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and The Globe Theatre. His professional storytelling career began with The Besht Tellers, touring throughout the UK, US and Eastern Europe (during which time he was chased out of Serbia at gun point…), whilst his solo storytelling career developed at Shakespeare’s Globe as part of the Read Not Dead programme. Its popularity soon led to it becoming a regular feature in its own right. Performance credits include: The Ramayana (Royal National Theatre & Birmingham Rep); Macbeth (New Wolsey Theatre); Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Solent People’s Theatre); Dr Who Live! (BBC Worldwide); Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (ABC, Lucas); Judge Dredd & Mission Impossible.

He was invited to perform his acclaimed one man show Merrick, The Elephant Man as part of the Brits Off-Broadway Festival. An article based on the New York performances was recently published in The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism by Stanton B. Garner J.


lux venit in mundum

by Joana Galvao, Guy Edmonds, David Bridges