Trinity Laban is developing long term partnerships with visiting research faculty, both nationally and internationally. 

Professor David Kirsh

University of California, San Diego - Department of Cognitive Science

Trinity Laban Adjunct Professor

David Kirsh is Professor and past chair of the Department of Cognitive Science at UCSD.   He was educated at Oxford University (D.Phil), did post doctoral research at MIT in the Artificial Intelligence Lab, and has held research or visiting professor positions at MIT and Stanford University.  He has written extensively on situated cognition and especially on how the environment can be shaped to simplify and extend cognition, including how we intelligently use space, and how we use external representations as an interactive tool for thought.  He runs the Interactive Cognition Lab at UCSD where the focus is on the way humans are closely coupled to the outside world, and how human environments have been adapted to enable us to cope with the complexity of everyday life.   Some recent projects focus on ways humans use their bodies as things to think with, specifically in dance making and choreographic cognition. He is co-Director of the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, and he is on the board of directors for the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture.

At Trinity Laban he is involved in research we are undertaking in partnership with Wayne McGregor | Random Dance on Imagery and creativity in performing arts, an investigation launched recently at a symposium.  He has also been working with Trinity Laban Music Faculty staff and Research Degree Programme students on topics such as marking, improvisation, and thinking with the body.

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