The Territory of the Digital

Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács are a Dutch artist duo, whose artwork comments on the relationship between the screen and the natural world. They are interested in our current era of representation where photography has become liquid. It changes reality through filters and editing, transforming life into an enhanced reality. This post will explore different examples of the artist’s work, focussing on their use of digital spaces to explore the interweaving of fact and fiction in photography, film and media.

When Art and Science Meet

Flicker Fusion Rate, peeling an egg, stop motion without a screen. These are all experiments conducted by artists at the Visual Science of Art conference in Leuven. This post will recollect the science behind selected artistic practice, drawing upon my new understandings around visual perception.

Perception and the Mass Media in 1967

In 1967, both Guy Debord and Marshall McLuhan released their forward thinking publications exploring the impact of mediated images on society. 52 years after publication, both thinkers are considered leading media theorists of their time, with views still relevant in the digital age. What can we learn from Debord and McLuhan about the impact of technology on perception?

Atmospheric Memory - Exhibition Review

A review of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s immersive environment, exploring memory through scientific experimentation. What happens to our words and thoughts as we say them out loud? Is speech something that can be recorded, transformed and preserved and how does the digital age impact this?

Digital Design & Time On Device; Why Aesthetic Experience Helps Us To Understand the Psychological Impact of Living in a Digital Culture

How does our consumer driven society influence digital design, and what psychological impact might it have upon users? Drawing from Nir Eyal’s customer engagement manual Hooked: How to build habit-forming products, Vanessa Bartlett explores the various triggers that interface designers deploy to render online environments more habit-forming.

The Body in Bytes


In the fourth event of the Cognitive Sensations programme, THECUBE became host to a conversation exploring the impact of the digital age on identity and health. This essay will explore the transformation of the self through an evaluation of current digital practices in relation to the body.

Truth, Time & Authenticity on Instagram

Time on Instagram is always presented as supplementary information. When an image or video is posted to the newsfeed or story section of an Instagram account, the pictorial and/or audiovisual content of the post is its primary tool for communication. This post is an exploration of the absence of time, and its impact on authenticity and transparence within Instagram.

Cognitive Conversations: The Artist’s Perspective


An essay exploring artistic practice investigating the impact of the digital age on perception. The narrative evolved from my observations of Cognitive Sensations, an event consisting of a series of presentations by a multi-disciplined panel, a participatory artwork called The Artist’s Presence (2018)and a Q&A session. This essay will seek to represent some of the issues we addressed, using examples of artistic practice to illustrate the conversations that artists can bring to the great debate surrounding screen culture.

The 'S' Project

An insight into The ‘S’ Project, one of the artworks within the Cognitive Sensations exhibition. Artist duo Gudrun Filipska & Carly Butler have been communicating between their respective homes (in the UK and Canada) since the end of 2016, digitally and by post – developing a project entitled ’S’ about transatlantic communication and virtual travel. 

Are We Losing Our Sense of Time?

Time, as we know it, can broadly be sub-divided into three states; physical time, biological time and psychological time. Historically humans have created different forms of systems to manage and divide time. This essay explores how the smartphone era has impacted these systems, and the human relationship with time.

Fields of Perception


This essay will investigate how digital technology engagement affects the cognitive process of perception, employing the discourse explored in the opening panel discussion of Cognitive Sensations. In the debate, we discussed the influences of virtual reality and digital technology on the relationship between perception and the environment.

Introducing Cognitive Sensations

An introduction to the Cognitive Sensations public programme, investigating the neurological effects of the digital age. Featuring talks, artworks and debates, the programme will uncover several concepts exploring the physiological and psychological changes occurring in humans, as a result of their engagement with digital technology.