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
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 A bespoke sensorium for Ben
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 Immersive workshops
Steve makes sketches of the ideas emerging from his workshops with people. He has pages and pages of them. The sketches below are the beginnings of his ideas for the Sensorium.
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 Marks table by Steve Hollingsworth
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 Marks piano by Steve Hollingsworth
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 Activity table
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.
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 An approach
Strange sounds and other worlds The tuesday workshop sensory sessions: Our workshops have taken place in Penicuik town hall for several years, with an hour's session in the morning and afternoon. We work with up to about 6 people with varying levels of disability, some can walk about the space and some are wheel-chair users. … Continue reading sensory workshops