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How does it Work? The Cognition behind the Animacy Perception in Puppetry

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THIS TALK IS PART OF Puppet Power 2018: Story | A Conference on Applied Puppetry
June 1-3, 2018 (Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday)
Venue partner: University of Calgary's School of Creative and Performing Arts (2500 University Dr NW)

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During this talk, Pia Banzhaf will explore puppetry arts from a theoretical perspective with practical examples. Special emphasis on the cognitive psychology of animacy perception will lead us to question and reject Coleridge’s phrases “leap of poetic faith” and the “suspension of disbelief” as a prerequisite for accepting a puppet’s animacy. Moving puppets in a way that invites a spectator to ascribe animacy to them is tightly linked to particular principles of movement, shared attention, and breath. Skilled practitioners have intuitively implemented those movement parameters that facilitate animacy ascription. The same principles have been studied in cognitive psychology for nearly 60 years but until now have not been applied to puppetry arts in a systematic manner. In this talk we will see how insights from cognitive psychology can help us develop a critical vocabulary and add to our understanding of the processes that are activated in the spectator and what the role the puppeteer ultimately plays.

About Pia Banzhaf

Pia Banzhaf received her doctoral degree in Cultural Studies from Queen’s University, Kingston, in 2017. In her practice-led transdisciplinary PhD project Towards a Cognitive Poetics of Puppetry, she explores how findings from cognitive psychology can help us understand the processes involved in the ascription of agency and animacy in moving objects.

Information about the conference at https://wppuppet.com/puppet-power-2018/




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