Sensory Work

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

….and the point is?

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?

Maklab – what sort of happened?

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?

Who will listen now if you care for an adult with learning disabilities? Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

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

Working within the thresholds of perception

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

Initial meeting to set up midlothian science festival event

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

Accumulating the detail behind the artwork

  ​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

Artists that inspire us – Pierre Huyghe

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