Tommy Perman suggested we look at this. We have. We like it.
Something to think about?! Listen to? Listen here http://mixlr.com/weather-for-the-blind Find out more here http://weatherfortheblind.org/ singing house ......... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CtJDq8tCDs&feature=youtu.be
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
People with complex learning disabilities are marginalised, their voices overshadowed by their level of disability and the complexity of the care they require. In addition, for those who care, the low status afforded their vocation often results in poor pay and stressful working conditions. In this section we will explore the positive and negative influences … Continue reading Influences
Artlink’ s Ideas Team explores creative responses to the everyday experiences of people with profound learning disabilities. It's work is based on an in depth understanding of the very personal questions that arise when confronted with someone who sees and experiences the world differently. “When I was a kid I used to think I could … Continue reading It’s all in the detail
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)
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
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
SOUND/PERCEPTION WORKSHOP Open to all care staff Thursday 13th August 9am - 10am Observation This workshop is about encouraging you to think about the space you work in, to take the time to listen to what is around you and look more closely at the detail. It's all about sound, how we … Continue reading Care Staff Training workshop.
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
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
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?
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