St Mary’s Hall Studio Theatre

Robots and ventriloquists

St Mary’s Hall Studio Theatre The Borough , Canterbury , CT1 2EZ , UK


7:30 PM


£10 (Festival friends £8) plus booking fee

In this talk and short performance, I’ll be taking the audience on a trip to the uncanny valley – the place where objects, robots and cartoon characters unsettle us because they seem a little too human. From golems and unfortunate robotics experiments to disturbing early encounters with sound recording and ventriloquism, I’ll delve into the psychology of uncanniness as I explore some possible explanations for this phenomenon.

For Canterbury Festival. This show includes a live performance with robotics and a recording session using an original Edison phonograph.