Dr Carol Brown
Professor Jean Fleming
(science communicator, reproductive and developmental biologist)
(sleep psychologist and technologist)
Professor Sally Morgan
(performance artist and painter)
Professor Anne Noble
(clinical sleep physiologist)
(sonic artist and music therapist)
Dr Andy Veale
(sleep and respiratory medicine specialist physician)
Dr Guy Warman
Professor Anna Wirz-Justice
One response to “Collaborators”
Hello all, i thought I should add some kind of introduction and thoguhts before the incubator in a couple of weeks>
I come from a psychology background and recently completed my MSc at the Sleep/Wake Research Centre. My interests include sleep across the lifespan and of those with neurodegenerative diseases, and the role of sleep and dreaming in memory processing.
I have worked within the clinical field of sleep and feel there is great need to describe the experience of sleep disordered patients in order to raise awareness of how important sleep is for our health. For example, art forms could be used to portray the patient pathway from severe sleep disordered breathing with daytime sleepiness to successful treatment, increased wakefulness and improved quality of life. I also feel that the raw physiological signals used in sleep studies are of great use when portraying sleep through art.
During the workshops I feel it would be interesting to investigate the relationships between dream experiences and waking. Many emotions and sensations within dreams resemble those of waking, however physiologically we are in completely different states. Dream experiences can often resemble symptoms of the mentally unstable, this would be an interesting aspect to explore as it highlights the fine line between mind states. It could be useful for us to keep dream journals leading up to and during the incubation, we may be able to use forms of group dream analysis to workshop the relationships between our own mental states.
Despite being of the science camp I have studied Art Textiles and once had a passion for felt making. My work particularly focused on capturing natural objects within the wool during the felt making process, giving timeless impressions. I would be interested to maybe incorporate these ideas and techniques to communicate the changes between sleep, dreaming and waking. I also have experience at static trapeze. Although I am a novice, I feel there may be great wealth in exploring the use of aerial performance to portray sleep states due to the unique shapes and movements that can be created.
I look forward to meeting with you all at the Marae