Text from ‘Exchange of Method’presentation as part of Artlink/Collective collaboration. 

  The following is a presentation given in response to an essay/talk by Jessica Gogan, artist & curator living in Rio.   Gogans’ essay is about a medicinal plant project which took place in Brazil. At first glance it has … Continue reading Text from ‘Exchange of Method’presentation as part of Artlink/Collective collaboration. 

 Liz Davidson – day centre manager.   Presentation as part of Edinburgh University Disabilty Research Group –  November 2015

  On The Ideas Team creative approaches and their impact on service users and staff  Cherry road day centre provides day service for people with Complex support needs (relating to Autism, and behavioural, social and emotional support needs) or individual … Continue reading  Liz Davidson – day centre manager.   Presentation as part of Edinburgh University Disabilty Research Group –  November 2015

What happens when you slow down time?

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 sound are all consuming, where seemingly routine events become overwhelmingly fascinating. Continue reading What happens when you slow down time?

….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 on Thursday hosted by The Msc Social Justice dept of Edinburgh University for Innovative Learning Week and as part of the global justice academy. We were invited to contribute to the question ‘Whose knowledge Counts?” after reading Uncommon Ground. The event began by an introduction … Continue reading ….and the point is?

…….and another thing! Updated.

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 again made us think about process and product.  Why do we make things for people? What is the main intention?  How do we ensure that the individual with profound learning disabilities informs the process.  What does that involvement mean………to the individual, to the carers, to … Continue reading …….and another thing! Updated.

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 users can interact at once. All the users need to take their shoes off. The first person needs to touch the start beacon, everyone else stands on a shape. The start person needs to touch anyone else’s hand in the group. When some one standing … Continue reading Maklab – what sort of happened?

Working with Maklab and Thingking

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 resources which can be used by one or more people, especially for people who don’t engage with many group activities in a centre for complex needs. Solution: A portable entertainment unit/table which projects or lights up, has tactile feedback, vibrates and produces sound. Based on … Continue reading Working with Maklab and Thingking

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 are living in terror that the small amount of help and respite that you receive from the state may be taken away, leaving you to face the task alone while your loved one is stripped of the structure and routine they desperately need. When the … Continue reading Who will listen now if you care for an adult with learning disabilities? Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett