A SENSE OF DIRECTION
Acrylic on Plywood
Artist: Tom Berry, Scientist: Elisa van der Plas
Five different people interact with one another around a simple choice: whether to go left or right. This simple decision highlights some of the many complex interactions that can inform our daily decisions. The processes involved are studied by Elisa at the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging and are each described on the reverse of the four accompanying cards; 1. Confidence, 2. Metacognition, 3. Mentalising, and 4. Privately and publicly held beliefs.
Do you recognise any of these processes in your own decision making?
The Development Process
The artwork was developed through multiple layers of thin ply creating a three dimensional sculpture. The five figures are interwoven toegther in dynamic poses all reflecting the different decision highlights.
Elisa van der Plas
Elisa is a PhD student working to understand how well people know what they want and how people influence each other’s preferences. She investigates how people change their minds when the (social) world around them changes.
Tom is and artist and illustrator. His work is motivated by pleasure and sensation rather than particular verbal ideas, although storytelling and the human form are themes that recur in his work.