LA JETÉE and THE BLOOD OF A POET. Plus a presentation by Nicky Clayton and Clive Wilkins. 12th December 2017. The Barbican Centre, London


Memories are Made for the Future

Memories are not only about the past, nor are they fixed in the past~ they afford us the strategies to create and define the future. This lecture includes a screening and discussion of Marker’s La Jetée and Cocteau’s The Blood Of A Poet that explores the shifting nature of memory, and questions our assumptions about how time unfolds and its implications for mental time travel. Time travellers return from the past in a manner that they never will do from the future. We offer insights concerning the subjective manner in which we differentiate time and space in the mind’s eye.


Nicola Clayton and Clive Wilkins

Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge

Nicky Clayton is the Professor of Comparative Cognition in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. Nicky is psychologist, ornithologist and dancer. She has written over 250 publications on cognition and ways of thinking in crows and humans, and is particularly interested in the processes of thinking with and without words. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2010 and she is also Scientist-in-Residence at Rambert (formerly Ballet Rambert), a position she has held since 2011.

Clive Wilkins is Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge, a position he has held since 2012. Clive is a writer, fine art painter, and dancer. His paintings have been frequently seen in London Mayfair art galleries. His written work has appeared in print on numerous occasions, most notably in his published work ‘The Creatures in the Night’, a story written and lavishly illustrated by Wilkins in 2008 and most recently ‘The Moustachio Quartet’, a series of four novels designed to be read in any order as an intentional exploration of memory, perception and mental time travel.

Nicky and Clive met on a dance floor… They are co-founders of The Captured Thought, which is an arts and science collaboration that explores mental time travel, the subjective experience of thinking and the nature of creativity ( They have lectured and performed widely in the UK, Europe, USA, Asia and New Zealand to science and arts audiences in universities and in public venues including Tate Modern, Wellcome Collection, British Library, Royal Institution, Contemporary Arts Society, Cheltenham Festival and the Hay Festival.

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