ON EDGE: Is this for real?

Description: An installation made up of yellow walls and grey and pink planks of different shapes and sizes propped up against each other, like fragments. Mirrored tiles on the floor reflect screens showing facial expressions – a woman rubbing her head, clasping wrists, and a woman putting a finger to her eye. A woman is just visible on the far right walking through the space
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:30
Science Gallery London, Theatre
FREE, booking essential


Depersonalisation, the feeling that you are not real, and derealisation, the feeling that the world around you is not real, are symptoms experienced by some individuals with anxiety. In this event combining dance, philosophy and science, researchers and artists will share how altered perspectives can aid creativity, and in turn how creative acts may help alleviate and communicate anxiety. 

This event is part of ON EDGE: Living in an Age of Anxiety, a free exhibition and events programme at Science Gallery London exploring the causes of and responses to anxiety in contemporary society through art, design, psychology and neuroscience.

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About the contributors

Merritt Millman is a UK-based researcher, dancer, and choreographer. Having completed a BSc in Psychology and a MA in Choreography, she is currently pursuing a PhD in Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research interests include exploring the mind-body connection and specifically examining bodily awareness in depersonalisation-derealisation disorder. 



Anna Ciaunica is researcher at the Institute of Philosophy, Porto and the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, the UK. She is also the Principal Investigator (PI) of an interdisciplinary project looking at the effects of disrupted self-consciousness on self-other mirroring in depersonalisation. Her research is highly interdisciplinary focuses primarily on the relationship between atypical forms of bodily self-consciousness and social interactions in various conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Möbius Syndrome (MS) and Depersonalisation Disorder (DPD).


Sarah Howe is an artist based in London. She holds and MA in Photography from the RCA. Her work is centred on an exploration of expanded portraiture and self-portraiture, which produces wide ranging outputs, from photography, written prose to large scale multimedia installations. Howe’s installation Consider Falling, drawing on research into Derealisation, is part of ON EDGE: Living in an Age of Anxiety. Further selected shows include: Present Tense, Materia Gallery, Rome (2019) Rehearsing the Real, Peckham24, London (2019) Let’s go Through this Again, Portland Works, Sheffield, (2019) and Peripheries, ArtLicks, London,(2018)