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Normal? Festival of the Brain

  • Folkestone Quarterhouse Mill Bay, Folkestone Kent, CT20 1BN UK (map)

Created Out of Mind will be delivering a series of talks, film, discussion and installations as part of this year's Normal? Festival of the Brain in Folkestone. This includes:

Film:  “Do I See What You See?” Filmmaker Simon Ball launches his short animated film, narrating the experiences of people living with PCA (Posterior Cortical Atrophy), a rare type of dementia which affects the visual areas of the brain.

Profiles in Paint: Created Out of Mind resident artist Charles Harrison and a team of researchers at the UCL Dementia Research Centre worked with people living with dementia and a group of ‘healthy’ participants to produce a series of still-life paintings that unveiled novel perceptions about the experience of different forms of dementia.

Talking Life on Tour: Amidst the bustle of the festival is a telephone, waiting for someone to pick up the receiver. Stop and take a moment to listen to the personal stories and life observations of people living with a dementia, and their loved ones. Excerpts are taken from Created Out of Mind’s vibrant Talking Life podcast series.

Baketell tarts: Created Out of Mind and UCL Psychology Research Assistant Emma Harding explores how the language of baking might open up NEW conversations about dementia.

Brains in a dish: Charlie Murphy joins Pint of Science to discuss the work she has developed to date in response to Created Out of Mind's Brains in a dish project, including her ‘skin to mind’ installation.

Download the full programme here


Normal? Festival of the Brain brings science and art together over four days to delve into and question the brain. This year, they are looking at rest and sleep, grief and loss, love and perception, and exploring ways to pay attention, delight in difference and make ourselves more resilient.