Beau Lotto – Understanding Perception: How We Experience the Meaning We Create
Beau Lotto's research into perception has shown that we don't see the real world—just our version of it. It's a version we've evolved to perceive, where shadows, shapes, and even how we understand time are meanings we ascribe to what we're seeing.
Exploring the relationships between sound and movement synchronisation. Project creating in collaboration with the brilliant cellist Ollie Coats from the London Syn and the wonderful Larry Goves - who created this original composition.
Beau Lotto at TED, 2012
In this talk, Beau Lotto, accompanied by 12-year-old Amy O'Toole, presents the idea that science is a way of being and asks the question 'can anyone become a scientist?'. More info here
Beau Lotto at TED, 2009
Entitled 'Optical illusions show how we see', Beau Lotto's TED talk is a fun, first-hand look at how evolution tints our perception of what's really out there.
When the G8 came to London in 2013, No. 10 asked Beau to present at their meeting on Innovation. The question was … what will be the next greatest innovation? The suggestion given was that it wasn't going to be a technology … but something else far more fundamental.
Google Zeitgeist 2013
Isabel Behncke and Beau Lotto gave a joint presentation on what is required to be creative.
In 2013 Beau gave an invited presentation are Wired's annual meeting.
The focus was on the relationship between technology and innovation.
One of London's leading design agencies asked Beau 'What is Creativity?". This is his answer.
5x15 London 2013
This is a exclusive event in London where people gather to discuss what it is to be human. Here Beau talks about the role of perception.
Beau Lotto at the RSA, 2009
In 'Seeing myself see', Beau Lotto explains how context is essential to how we see, and includes a practical demonstration as to why the sky is blue.
This film demonstrates Lab of Misfits' unique brand of entertainment at the Science Museum Lates, with its mix of live music, public perception experiments and illusions. More info here
Lab of Misfits and Goves trio, 2011
A live performance at the Science Museum Lates in which the same piece of music, composed by Larry Goves, is heard in three different ways. More info here
Lab of Misfits and Miranda string octet, 2011
A live performance of a piece composed by Eduardo Miranda, transmitted via our Soundwall at the Science Museum Lates. More info here
This Royal Society podcast, in two parts, gives the background to its bold publication of the eponymous paper written by a group of schoolchildren mentored by Beau Lotto. More info here
Blackawton Bees part 2
This film, in three parts, follows a group of schoolchildren participating in Lab of Misfits' i,scientist education programme in 2010. More info here
i,scientist part 2
i,scientist part 3
The spinning disc
This video, originating from BBC2's Horizon programme 'Is seeing believing?', shows Beau Lotto demonstating the spinning disc illusion.
Beau Lotto describes the instruments at an exhibition at the Science Gallery in Dublin in 2010 and visitors interact with them. More info here
Point of Perception 1
This short film shows the illluminating effect of this wire sculpture, a collaboration between Beau Lotto, Madi Boyd and Mark Lythgoe. More info here
Point of Perception 2
Artist Madi Boyd discusses the ideas behind Point of Perception and its exploration of the ambiguity in our perceptions.
Seeing Myself See, 2010
A video recording Lab of Misfits' largest ever exhibition, staged at the Wellcome Foundation in London in 2010.
Highlights from the Lightwave Exhibition at the Science Gallery in Dublin, 2008, featuring the bee matrix and a demonstration by Beau Lotto. More info here