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In light of the Covid-19 pandemic and current WHO and government guidance we have suspended all public events at Walmer Yard. Although we can’t be together in person, we still want Walmer Yard to be a place for discussion and exploration and our research on experience and the senses seems more relevant now than ever. We will keep producing content, whether that be in the form of podcasts, online talks, films or transcriptions of past lectures, and these can all be found in our Journal or by subscribing to our newsletter.

Upcoming events

Forum: Places of the Heart with Colin Ellard

Tuesday 4 May 2021, 6.30pm

Walmer Yard’s reading group, Forum, will launch its new season with the neuroscientist and author Colin Ellard.

Ellard’s book Places of the Heart: The Psychogeography of Everyday Life explores how our surroundings affect our thoughts, emotions and wellbeing.

From our experiences of ruins, to shopping centres or our own homes, Ellard’s writing looks at how these elements of urban design have influenced us throughout history, and how are brains and bodies respond to these different types of spaces.

The book investigates the influence new technologies will also have on our evolving cities, and what world we are, and should be, creating.

Ellard will be in conversation with Walmer Yard’s keeper Laura Mark, and this will be followed by an audience discussion.

In this season of talks, neuroscientists, environmental psychologists, geographers, and anthropologists will talk about their work and how it relates to the field of architecture.

This series of talks will be taking place online via zoom. All participants will be sent a link to join ahead of the event.

Tickets are sold on a donation basis. All proceeds from the sale of tickets directly fund the work of the Baylight Foundation, which exists to deepen the public understanding of experiencing architecture through residencies at Walmer Yard and a cultural programme, as well as collaborations with artists, scientists, and other practitioners and organisations in arts and sciences.

About the speaker

Colin Ellard is a neuroscientist, author and design consultant who works at the intersection of psychology and architectural and urban design. Ellard is a professor of psychology, specializing in cognitive neuroscience, at the University of Waterloo in Canada, where he also runs the Urban Realities Lab. After spending the early part of his career working on basic problems in visual neuroscience related to spatial function in animals, he later turned his attention to exploration of the human relationship with built settings. He is particularly interested in understanding the emotional effects of architecture, which he explores in both field settings and in synthetic environments using immersive virtual reality. Ellard’s current projects include exploration of the contribution of peripheral vision to architectural atmosphere, architectural contributions to the emotion of awe, and physiological stress in high-density urban environments. 

Forum: The Life of Lines with Tim Ingold

Wednesday 12 May 2021, 6.30pm

In this edition of Walmer Yard’s reading group, Forum, the anthropologist Tim Ingold will discuss the ideas and concepts within his book The Life of Lines.

In The Life of Lines, Ingold argues that our world is woven from knots, and that this principle of knotting underlies both the way things join with one another, in walls, buildings, and bodies, and the composition of the knowledge embedded there.

His writings take in life, atmosphere, movement, surfaces, and what it means to be human from a perspective grounded in anthropology but weaving in interdisciplinary thoughts from the fields of philosophy, geography, sociology, art and architecture.

Ingold will give a short presentation, and this will be followed by a discussion led by Walmer Yard’s keeper Laura Mark.

In this season of talks, neuroscientists, environmental psychologists, geographers, and anthropologists will talk about their work and how it relates to the field of architecture.

This series of talks will be taking place online via zoom. All participants will be sent a link to join ahead of the event.

Tickets are sold on a donation basis. All proceeds from the sale of tickets directly fund the work of the Baylight Foundation, which exists to deepen the public understanding of experiencing architecture through residencies at Walmer Yard and a cultural programme, as well as collaborations with artists, scientists, and other practitioners and organisations in arts and sciences.

About the speaker

Tim Ingold is Professor Emeritus of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen. He has carried out fieldwork among Saami and Finnish people in Lapland, and has written on environment, technology and social organisation in the circumpolar North, on animals in human society, and on human ecology and evolutionary theory. His more recent work explores environmental perception and skilled practice. Ingold’s current interests lie on the interface between anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture. His recent books include The Perception of the Environment (2000), Lines (2007), Being Alive (2011), Making (2013), The Life of Lines (2015), Anthropology and/as Education (2018), Anthropology: Why it Matters (2018) and Correspondences (2020).  

Forum: The Aesthetic Brain with Anjan Chatterjee

Wednesday 2 June 2021, 6.30pm

In the third of our upcoming talks, Professor of Neurology, Psychology, and Architecture Anjan Chatterjee will take us on a journey through the beauty, pleasure and art.

His book, The Aesthetic Brain, uses neuroscience and psychology to explain why we are so concerned with aesthetics.

We’ll look at why we find art, buildings, and places beautiful and question what part our brain plays in deciding what we find aesthetically pleasing.

Chatterjee will give a short presentation, and this will be followed by a discussion led by Walmer Yard’s keeper Laura Mark.

In this season of talks, neuroscientists, environmental psychologists, geographers, and anthropologists will talk about their work and how it relates to the field of architecture.

This series of talks will be taking place online via zoom. All participants will be sent a link to join ahead of the event.

Tickets are sold on a donation basis. All proceeds from the sale of tickets directly fund the work of the Baylight Foundation, which exists to deepen the public understanding of experiencing architecture through residencies at Walmer Yard and a cultural programme, as well as collaborations with artists, scientists, and other practitioners and organisations in arts and sciences.

About the speaker

Anjan Chatterjee is Professor of Neurology, Psychology, and Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and the founding director of the Penn Center for Neuroaesthetics. The past Chair of Neurology at Pennsylvania Hospital, Chatterjee’s clinical practice focuses on patients with cognitive disorders. His research addresses neuroaesthetics, spatial cognition, language, and neuroethics. He wrote The Aesthetic Brain: How we evolved to desire beauty and enjoy art and co-edited: Neuroethics in Practice: Mind, medicine, and society, The Roots of Cognitive Neuroscience: Behavioral neurology and neuropsychology and the forthcoming Brain, Beauty, and Art: Bringing neuroaesthetics into focus. He received the Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology by the American Academy of Neurology and the Rudolph Arnheim Prize for contributions to Psychology and the Arts by the American Psychological Association.

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