The beginnings of sensory environments. Artists Steve Hollingsworth, Jim Colquhoun, Laura Aldridge and Laura Spring play with Glowdoodle developed by Eric Rosenbaum at MIT. The idea is that artists work together with small teams of specialists to begin to create sensory environments for people with profound learning disabilities. With expectations lowering as a reulting of cuts … Continue reading Sensory Work
Just before Xmas in 2014 we commissioned writer & curator, Kirsten Lloyd to write an essay about The Ideas Team. It's a smart essay in that it describes (and questions) 'care' within contemporary arts practice and its impact on artists practice. It's an extremely clever essay in that it places these arguments within an alternate … Continue reading A learning curve (arching over 3 days)
We need to get closer, slow down time in order that we can better understand the ways in which people with profound learning disabilities communicate with us. When we do, we enter a world in which colour becomes sound and sound becomes colour, where light becomes an object to be touched, where simple vibration and … Continue reading What happens when you slow down time?
An amalgam of Fiona's weaving and Kelly's drawing. Is this what the pods will look like? The plan is to start soon on combining the things people like to make with the actual construction of the pods. So, Fiona's pod will be constructed from her weaving. It's an interesting collaborative process Kelly has come up … Continue reading Slowing down time re-imagined
George makes objects out of cardboard. Usually they are related in some way to Dr Who. A show he loves. We are speculating about his involvement in Kelly's Slowing Down Time project, getting him to design the prototypes for the pods.
We will soon be posting details of our plans for the coming year, as well as our long term plans for the ideas team. Watch this space.....it's going to be good!!
Thursday: I was in a round table discussion about knowledge and social justice with academics, some of whom who research the sociological impact of governmental silence, gender influenced sectarianism and digital knowledge consumerism.. You wouldn't assume a thread to these seemingly disparate things, but the commonality occurred to me during an event we were invited … Continue reading ….and the point is?
Notes from sound diary meeting with staff.... Hi wendy, Thank you for sending along this feedback. I think you will be happy to hear that I picked up 19 Sound Diaries today! Great to see the numbers up again! I went through your feedback and they expressed curiosity into how the linear format will develop. … Continue reading Beautiful, beautiful detail…………
The group at Maklab also came up with the idea for a more portable kit. A glove which care workers could use. By touching the fingers of the glove , specific sounds would be omitted. Example of how this would work are in the attached film. It was an interesting visit in that it … Continue reading …….and another thing! Updated.
Very early stage design. Working on the prototype. We create a big wooden floor/stage. On the floor there are lots of simple shapes made out of conductive aluminium tape (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Aluminium-Silver-Foil-Tape-Self-adhesive-Heat-reflecting-Insulation-5m-x-50mem-/170847802942) There is one conductive beacon on the platform (a waist height conductive shape) that acts as the start of the interaction. Basically any number of … Continue reading Maklab – what sort of happened?
A few weeks ago we set Maklab a challenge. They were to come up with ideas in response to a 'problem' we identified. Tomorrow we get to work with them and ThingkIng (South Africa) on the solution.......we will keep you posted. For now, here is the challenge we set them....... Problem: A lack of adaptable … Continue reading Working with Maklab and Thingking
Caring for an adult relative with severe learning difficulties is hard at the best of times. You deal with sleepless nights, challenging and sometimes aggressive behaviour, anxiety and loneliness, often behind closed doors and with little support. In times of austerity, however, it is even harder. Life is made all the more distressing when you … Continue reading Who will listen now if you care for an adult with learning disabilities? Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
Dr. Gordon Dutton As a clinician who has spent many years working with children and adults with impaired vision, often associated with developmental and learning disorders, this contributor's view is that it is important to bring about a sense of pleasure and fulfilment through the medium of artistic expression, for all those whose normal is … Continue reading Working within the thresholds of perception
The notes below are from a workshop by artist Steve Hollingsworth exploring ways in which staff could be inspired to inform the progression of Nathalies (the person they cared for) project. I blind folded both of them and gave them a large sheet of paper to write words down as they listened, so they wrote … Continue reading Notes from workshop to inspire careworkers
Kara Christine & Alison Stirling met with Sarah Keer-Keer to talk about setting up an Ideas Team event as part of the Midlothian Science Festival. They got talking about Wendy Jacobs work on the Sound project and ways of receiving sounds. Sarah decided to illustrate a simple activity which they have used at science festival … Continue reading Initial meeting to set up midlothian science festival event
This film was made about 10 years ago, artist Matias Ring worked with R. The intention was to make a disc, which would allow R 360degrees of freedom. It was the work that informed the start of The Ideas Team. Click here to view footage of the work in progress. The disc was … Continue reading The disc – an early project
Sound of Light, by Marco Barotti and Marco Canevacci is a synesthetic sculpture which interprets and dynamically transforms sunlight into audio frequencies. It is a site specific installation designed for the former music pavilion in Hamm, Germany, which was built in 1912. Cameras film the sky and sunlight, dividing it into six colours - RGB … Continue reading Everyday listening
Steve Hollingsworth works closely with the individual, watching their smallest response as a way of informing his artworks. He enters a world in which colour becomes sound and sound becomes colour, where light becomes an object to be touched, where simple vibration and sound are all consuming, where seemingly routine events become fascinating. These observations … Continue reading Accumulating the detail behind the artwork
For the last eight months, I have been working closely with artist Wendy Jacob and carers at Cherry Road on the Sound Diary Project. I have been helping Wendy to ask questions to carers about the soundscapes around them, and the individuals they work with. This has been a journey, observing and exploring what it … Continue reading The Sound Diary Project
Pierre Huyghe Goes Deep Inside the artist’s show at Hauser & Wirth in London. September 16, 2014 4:51 PM | by Skye Sherwin Anticipation ran high before the opening of Pierre Huyghe’s first London show since his acclaimed Tate Modern exhibition of 2006. Famed for art that literally has a life of its own—be that … Continue reading Artists that inspire us – Pierre Huyghe