By Steve Hollingsworth Where Art can inhabit a space outside of the gallery, other things become possible. I’m interested in testing myself in other contexts (which is what Artlink has done) I’m a fine-artist based in a music school, as a non-musician or an un-musician. The Conservatoire is a space of virtuosity, it is a... Continue Reading →
Steve Holligsworth recently wrote for light2015 a blog for the international year of light 2015. It's all about how art and science can work together to make a difference. Read it here.....http://light2015.org.uk/arts-and-science-working-together-to-make-a-difference/#more-1201 Excerpt from the text I was tasked with making a bespoke artwork for an individual with profound disabilities, Ben. Ben has... Continue Reading →
Artist, Steve Hollingsworth explores the tension between sound, light and time, and its influence by the profoundly different subjectivities he encounters. The Sensorium, exists in basic form, a rough sketch to be used by two people only. Steve will develop the sensorium over the next two years, creating an artwork that can be used by... Continue Reading →
Steve Hollingsworth: The impact of art in this context (art as relationships and new perceptible forms-light, sound and performance) is enormous in this area. The art is really in the relationships that form over time between the disabled, their carers, parents and other professionals (as well as new physical and tangible art objects) Opinions change... Continue Reading →
STEVE HOLLINGSWORTH: Working as artist has enriched, invigorated and expanded the potential of my practice. My ideas were forced to adapt and change in order to communicate with the radically different subjectivities I encounter in my work. It enabled collaborations to occur where new ideas arose through discussion (with other artists) and constantly working... Continue Reading →
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 →
Steve Hollingsworth has been invited to present some of the work and thinking he does with Artlink at the 6th International Arcintex 2015 Research Symposium held at Nottingham Trent University in February. Under the conference title of ‘Narratives in an Internet of Soft Things’ it will entail 3 days of talks and workshops. Steve is... Continue Reading →
Yes! a new departure into re-thinking an interface for Nathalie. She seemed (to us) to get the joystick. We weren't too sure she could use it. We kept working with her and then suddenly she can do it! Result!
My overall aim is to refine ideas concerning the developing immersive sensorium (and what is most appropriate for Ben and Nathalie) and also to be ambitious as possible in moving toward a further potential version of the Sensorium. To do this I need to learn more from Ben and Nathalie, this will come from the... Continue Reading →
This is a prototype device that comprises of an umbrella projection screen, a video projector, small speakers and amplifier, a colour changing LED strip and a specially designed interface. Bens sensory preferences are combinations of Sound and Light (high pitched sound seems to be favoured) The planetarium is a computer based system that Ben has... Continue Reading →
In their workshops Steve Hollingsworth and Jim Colqhoun engage people through an immersive aural/visual environment, that serves to highlight the tiniest of sounds, attenuating perception through chorus of spoken, shrieked, whispered and disjointed wordplay. The artists strive to create a zone where perception is subtly shifted and where people are gently eased away from... Continue Reading →
Diagram detailing content and timing of Steve Hollingsworth and Jim Colqhoun's sensory workshops Note how long is spent on playing with detail.
The guitar table is more complex in that Mark need to place a shape in the same shaped hole for something to happen. the guitar is embedded in the table to allow him to play/strum but not to throw around. This system is more challenging for Mark, and he needs to learn more how to... Continue Reading →
The idea was to use a piano as a base for allowing Mark to access new aural experiences by encouraging him to use switches. The piano was used due to marks familiarity with it, its indestructibility and also as an instrument that he could play. The switches allow mark access to familiar voices, dogs barking,... Continue Reading →
Very early prototype by Steve Hollingsworth, exploring ways of encouraging Donald to interact. This takes time, there is much trial and error. The object made was a means to an end. A way of encouraging initial staff involvement and finding out more about Donald. The question then is..how do you ensure that the artwork made... Continue Reading →
Artist, Steve Hollingsworth work with Mark and the Ideas team consisting of his mother, care workers, psychologist, OT's and physios. The group agreed to the following aim: to encourage deliberate movements and intentionality and increase his motor skills. This was the first of many group meetings.
Excerpt from a posting by artist Jim Colqhoun on the influences on his work with people with profound learning disabilities..... I just completed a series of ‘Deep Listening’ sessions over the course of five weeks in Penicuik Town Hall so I’ll try and formulate some thoughts about what went on. The term deep listening was... Continue Reading →
This is dependent on who you are working with, what they are interested in and how they respond but it gives you an idea of an approach. This is a section of a recent posting by Steve Hollingsworth, describing how he breaks down a workshop approach....... Bearing in mind the reactions and structure of last... Continue Reading →