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Friday Late Spectacular: Feeling Emotional

Friday late

Drop in

This event includes British Sign Language provision.

Friday 5 February 2016


From down in the dumps to over the moon, join us to explore the art and science of human emotions: the technologies we develop, the behaviours we adopt, the languages we create to make sense of ourselves and others.

Express your funny feelings through laughter therapy, witness a ‘toddler’ robot modelling human emotional development, experience live performances, design your own emoji, or attend one of our evening talks.

This is a special late-night event with a bar running all night.

This event is FREE, just drop in. Some activities will be ticketed, with tickets available on level -1 from 18.30 on the day.

PDF iconFeeling Emotional Programme (240 KB)



  • The History of Emotions with historian Thomas Dixon
  • In Conversation with psychotherapist Susie Orbach and campaigner Jacqui Dillon
  • The Unpredictable Lightness of Feelings with scientist Giovanni Frazzatto


  • Set sail for the farthest outposts of language and emotion with Tiffancy Watt Smith. Discover yourself in invented emotions
  • Set your pulse racing in an Emotional Workout Session with laughter therapist John Hipkiss, kink educator Max Absolute & fight director Kev McCurdy. Leave your inhibitions at the door and experience a wild ride of emotions
  • Try your luck at a Loteria with sorryyoufeeluncomfortable. You might even win a prize...
  • Meet a toddler robot with EECAiA Lab . Meet Robin and learn about his biologically inspired emotional systems
  • Sip a turbo-charged emotional cocktail from Bompas and Parr. Choose a cocktail to match or even alter your mood…

Full list of activities and contributors

All Talks in the Auditorium (please see full programme) are British Sign Language interpreted events. To book a place with a view of the interpreter or for more information, please email us at access@wellcomecollection.org or call 020 7611 2222. Find out more about accessibility at Wellcome Collection.