Monday, 15 May 2017

Screening: Robot and Frank

Robot and Frank

The screening will be followed by an expert panel discussion and audience debate to explore philosophical and neuroscience perspectives on the mind and memory and states of consciousness; identity, retirement and representations of ageing in film, and Alzheimer’s disease as a metaphor for cultural loss and forgetting.

A collaboration between Chapter Arts Centre, the British Film Institute (Film hub Wales) and Cardiff University. This programme of events curated by Dr Katie Featherstone will explore contemporary social and cultural developments and the ideas found within new-release, cult and classic film, with a focus on understandings of the mind, human behaviour, memory, the life-course, and ageing. 


Chris Allen is a Neuroscientist at Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) within the School of Psychology. The theme of his research is consciousness with a particular focus on how we measure consciousness, both form the experiential side and the neurological side, and how these two are brought together.

Virpi Ylänne is Senior Lecturer in Language and Communication at Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy. Her research interests include media representations of older people and ageing, and discursive construction of lifespan identities. She will talk about aspects of identity, retirement and representations of older adults in contemporary film.

Ryan Prout is based at Cardiff School of Modern Languages. His research is primarily on contemporary film, writing, and visual culture from Spain and Latin America. He has published work on representations of autism in Spanish comics, and on depictions of Alzheimer’s in films from Catalonia and Mexico. His current book project is Piensa diferente [Think Different]: Rethinking Neurodiversity in Spanish and Latin American Films and Comics. In his work on films about Alzheimer’s he has focused on the issues raised by the use of the disease as a metaphor for cultural loss and forgetting.
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