An interdisciplinary team of artists and scientists – including PhD students from Plymouth University – are joining DART 17 in 2018, a test laboratory in San Francisco, USA, and 10,000 Euro funding to further develop their art-based innovative product idea. The award was announced at the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels during Art, Science & Technology Collaborations in Europe, a symposium on how the arts can be a catalyst for innovations that seek to address today’s challenges.
Their product, RE/ME, was originally inspired by somatic methodologies and can be used to positively influence the perception of your own body by making you feel more whole. However, it can be further used to transform your experience of your body’s size and shape in imaginative and novel ways.
The team is composed of CogNovo PhD students Diego S. Maranan and Agi Haines (from the School of Art, Design and Architecture), and Jack Fletcher (from the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics) as well as independent composer Sean Clarke. The team was formed out of the CogNovo PhD training programme in Cognitive Innovation at Plymouth University, and was selected for the award out of approximately 25 other teams that were formed during a series of EU-funded events called Hack the Brain held in 2016 and 2017. "The Gut Brain Society", one of the other five teams that were shortlisted to present in Brussels, also included a CogNovo fellow.