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?

Accumulating the detail behind the artwork

  ​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 have been further informed by continual engagement ​and conversations with established thinkers and practitioners from ​diverse backgrounds such as Neurology and Vision Science to Psychology. ​ Have a look at a short film here. Continue reading Accumulating the detail behind the artwork

Artists that inspire us – Pierre Huyghe

Pierre Huyghe Goes Deep Inside the artist’s show at Hauser & Wirth in London. September 16, 2014 4:51 PM | by Skye Sherwin Anticipation ran high before the opening of Pierre Huyghe’s first London show since his acclaimed Tate Modern exhibition of 2006. Famed for art that literally has a life of its own—be that his statue with a beehive for a head in a giant, jungle-like compost heap at Documenta in 2012 or his currently gestating butterfly project, where he hopes to bring Vladimir Nabokov’s fictional butterflies to life, with the help of a scientist—anything could happen. The French … Continue reading Artists that inspire us – Pierre Huyghe

6th International Arcintex 2015 Research Symposium

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 running a workshop that will be an interrogation of the sensorium we all inhabit using drawing as a way to question learned perceptions. He will also give a 20 minute talk on the recent Ideas Team developments as part of the lecture program. Continue reading 6th International Arcintex 2015 Research Symposium

Cardiff & Miller (artists we are inspired by and would like to work with)

On a large table sits a collection of bare speakers of all shapes and sizes. Light sensors are inlaid into the edge of the table and as the viewers move around the room, their shadows cause the various sound and instrumental tracks to fade up and overlap, mingle and fade down. Numerous viewers in the room create a cacophony of musical compositions that vary according to where the audience walks or how many people are in the room. When the space is empty, the table fades to silence. Continue reading Cardiff & Miller (artists we are inspired by and would like to work with)

Feedback on staff training

To ensure that we were going in the right direction we asked staff to feedback on their staff training. We asked them how they would apply what they were hearing to their everyday work. By working in this way we ensured that they had to think about the relevance of the training  and how they would apply it.  The feedback we got was very interesting…and helpful. Continue reading Feedback on staff training

Staff Seminars

To further enhance the work being done through the ideas teams and to strengthen the links to care staff, we put on a series of staff seminars. Each seminar was directly linked to Ideas Team work e.g. classes in descriptive writing enhanced staff abilities to write more descriptively in the sound diaries that  they were working on with Wendy and Miriam.   Seminars are ongoing and always relate to work within the Ideas Team and what we are finding out about individuals. Continue reading Staff Seminars

Sound diaries

Wendy wanted staff to write sound diaries, recording the sounds that surround the individual. As Wendy lives in America, we decided to enlist the assistance of artist Miriam Walsh who would collate the diaries and set different tasks. Acting as the link between Wendy and care staff. The group established a way of storing the diary feedback, which would allow all concerned to view what was being collated and look for crossover between sounds and responses. The group meet every other week. Miriam’s Brief – first draft – the brief evolved over time to fit the needs of staff You … Continue reading Sound diaries

Cardiff & Miller (artists we are inspired by)

Opera for a small room There are twenty-four antique loudspeakers out of which come songs, sounds, arias, and occasional pop tunes. There are almost two thousand records stacked around the room and eight record players, which turn on and off robotically syncing with the soundtrack. The sound of someone moving and sorting albums is heard. The audience cannot enter the room. To see and hear his world, they have to look through windows, holes in the walls, and cracks in the doorways and watch his shadow move around the room. Continue reading Cardiff & Miller (artists we are inspired by)

Oliver Sachs

“I don’t know enough to say whether a person is in possession of a disability, or a disability is in possession of a person. My point of departure either way in writing these portraits is that the person exists independent of the disability; not that it isn’t bound up with their being, but that the person exists independent of the meaning I (and society generally) ascribe to it, and that often the obstacle is the meaning we assign to the disability standing in for the person. I entered into this project with the belief that the person is larger and … Continue reading Oliver Sachs

Impact of reggio on ways of thinking within Ideas Teams

It took some time for information from the week-long classes at Reggio to sink in.   It took a while longer for it to impact on the Ideas Team.  When it did, it took the following forms:- 1.  Public exhibition and posting of documentation of activity (workshops, ideas, diaries, diaries and seminars) 2.  spreading knowledge through meetings, discussion and seminars 4.  Encouraging different and more positive perspectives Ultimately this informed the quality of the activities available to people in the day centre.  Through sharing knowledge and learning from each other, everyone benefited. Continue reading Impact of reggio on ways of thinking within Ideas Teams

Notes from reggio emillia – relevance

Reggio Emilia Introduction In march 2013, through Creative Scotland PEP funding,  I attended a week-long course at reggio Emilia in Italy. I was interested in understanding just how some of the learning strategies could be adapted to meet the needs of adults with profound learning disabilities. Notes I entered this week, feeling unsure as to what on earth this week would have to do with anything I was involved in. I knew there was a link, given that it is about an approach, that people had recommended that I go.I was completely out with my comfort zone, in a lecture … Continue reading Notes from reggio emillia – relevance

Reggio 4

  Introduction In march 2013, through Creative Scotland PEP funding,  I attended a week-long course at reggio Emilia in Italy. I was interested in understanding just how some of the learning strategies could be adapted to meet the needs of adults with profound learning disabilities. Notes about Documentation Everything is documented. Each part of the learning process, charting children’s responses, allowing them to follow their particular journey. Photocopies, paper books color prints Books which chart the detail. Small actions, movements. Describing them. The tiniest detail. I wish I could photograph them. The learning environments they created are multi sensory, Light … Continue reading Reggio 4