Informing the Symposium on the 18th November

This morning I received an essay by Jessica Gogan in my email. Jessica is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at the University of Pittsburgh and independent curator and educator working in the US and Brazil. The essay is about a medicinal plant project which took place in Brazil. It has nothing to do with … Continue reading Informing the Symposium on the 18th November

Feedback on Care Staff Training Workshop

Sound Perception Workshop The staff training workshop was really strange, random but really powerful.  Staff found it initially confusing, embarrassing and Jim really pushed them to think differently and lose some of their inhibitions.   On reflection everyone experienced something really positive from the workshop and it was a great team building experience.  It was truly memorable!!!! … Continue reading Feedback on Care Staff Training Workshop

It’s all in the detail – starting a new project with Red Note Ensemble

 Representatives from Red Note Ensemble met with Cherry Road day centre management and Artlink to begin planning for performative  work based on the idiosyncratic sound preferences of five young men.  All respond to sound, either through using internal sound to pacify or as a way of understanding routine.  We want , with this work to … Continue reading It’s all in the detail – starting a new project with Red Note Ensemble

The project – Singing Buildings

Wendy Jacob is an artist and researcher involved with expanding the sensory dimensions of art, including research on the tactility of sound for the hearing impaired. In 2008 she founded and led the Autism Studio at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), developing new and creative responses for living with autism. Wendy Jacob proposes to make … Continue reading The project – Singing Buildings

Some feedback from care staff working on Singing Buildings 

   Has working with the sound diaries changed how you work with the individuals at Cherry Road? Kingsley: Working on the Sound Diary Project has brought my attention to how I work with Nicola and Donald on a more individual basis. I am aware that there are similarities between Donald and Nicola however through the process … Continue reading Some feedback from care staff working on Singing Buildings 

….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