Tommy Perman suggested we look at this. We have. We like it. Continue reading Polyphonic playground
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.
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
It’s all in the detail As Scotland’s contemporary music ensemble, Red Note is renowned not only for its virtuosity but also for its voracious enthusiasm for challenging work. As part of its quest to reach underserved audiences, Red Note recently … Continue reading Red Note Ensemble article in Arts Manager magazine
Lygia Clark (Bel Horizonte, 1920 — Río de Janeiro, 1988) studied in Río de Janeiro and Paris, and after spending some time working in abstraction, became a part of the Grupo Frente and was later one of the signees of … Continue reading Lygia Clark
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 … Continue reading Informing the Symposium on the 18th November
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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading Feedback on Care Staff Training Workshop
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 … Continue reading Care Staff Training workshop.
Edit The ‘idiosyncratic way of being’ of the individuals we work with are, as with anyone, a direct consequence of experiences accumulated over a lifetime. For many, its all in the detail – for example, a particular song sung over … Continue reading The importance of detail
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?
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!! Continue reading Big news
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?
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.
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?
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
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