Creative Neurophenomenology of Perceptual Phenomena

DIY 14 is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to take part in unusual training and professional development projects conceived and run by artists for artists.

Project summary

An intimate and exposing journey into perception, learning and creativity. Challenge your perceptions through a week of sensory deprivation and sensory immersion. An invitation to artists of all disciplines, with and without perceptual disorders, to explore perception through extreme acts of sensory deprivation and immersion. This laboratory is in response to artists Jonathan Grieve and Nwando Ebizie's own gradual realisation of our perceptual conditions: Synaesthesia and Visual Snow.

We will systematically and deliberately reduce or remove stimuli for one or more of the senses at a time. Conversely, we will then systematically stimulate certain senses. This will include use of flotation tanks, an anechoic chamber and olfactory deprivation. There will be talks and discussions from outside experts to contextualise the experiences. We will also lead sessions on our own physical training, making no adaptations for our neuro-difference.

This will be a personal journey for each participant where you will be asked to reappraise your work and assumptions through a series of experimental sensory tasks; a chance to gain a sense of ownership and acceptance over your own way of seeing the world. Develop in new and unforeseen ways, creating a new lens on yourself as an artist.

Artists Jonathan Grieve and Nwando Ebizie will work alongside neuroscientists and academics including Dr Edward Bracey, Professor John Rothwell and Dr Dick McCaw to create a challenging week of perceptual confusion and artistic clarity.


Inspired by Haitian folkloric ritual movement and rhythm, this workshop will connect participants with an ancestral movement. Joining inner life (imagination, mythic ancestral past) with outer life (the group, the present moment, the senses). Building up movement, rhythm and song we will work towards group improvisation and emotive release.