Tommy Perman suggested we look at this. We have. We like it. Continue reading Polyphonic playground
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
LAURA SPRING: Artlink has brought so many beneficial elements to my work and myself as a person over the seven years I have worked for them. Many of these I never expected and I think says a lot about the unique approach Artlink has to working with people. Freedom, room for experimentation, meeting and working with other artists, working in unexpected ways in unexpected situations are just a few. Artlink has constantly challenged my ways of working and thinking, encouraging my creativity to grow in new ways – not to just focus on textiles and print design. It has … Continue reading What has working with Artlink brought to your practice?
LAURA ALDRIDGE: It has enabled me to work in a way to fits my ideas and thinking – i struggled for years as an art student, unable to make work that spoke or sang even. Its made me free in the way that I approach art making – I think, when making art, so much of it is about allowing yourself, space and time to let ideas develop and flourish. Artlink has encouraged and nurtured this in my practice, as it is a fundamental way in how we work with people – that we provide the space and … Continue reading What has working with Artlink brought to your practice?
For the last eight months, I have been working closely with artist Wendy Jacob and carers at Cherry Road on the Sound Diary Project. I have been helping Wendy to ask questions to carers about the soundscapes around them, and the individuals they work with. This has been a journey, observing and exploring what it means to really listen, and how to describe sound. Wendy from the beginning placed importance on recording sounds, that in the first instance, may appear to be somewhat insignificant. She asked us to track these sounds and try to understand how they change within the … Continue reading The Sound Diary Project
In order to ensure that the individual remains central to the development of the artwork, we establish many different ways of collating information which further enhance the function of the artwork (and its relevance to the individual) . We needed to ensure that information as much information as possible was being collected to inform the making of the time machines. We enlisted Artist Miriam Walsh to interview staff, friends and family to create a more whole picture of Fiona. We wanted to know more about her interests from the perspective of the people around her, to gain a greater … Continue reading Meetings to create portraits for the time machine
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)
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. I currently work with 1 other artist (Jim Colquhoun) in the space who bring their own interests to bear and aspects of their own practice to the workshops. One of our main concerns is to transform the space we work in, through using light, projections … Continue reading sensory workshops
THERAPEUTIC COATS Children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) often encounter high-stress situations in which they need to reduce noise and apply pressure to their bodies. The SQUEASE jacket is made for just that. It isn’t a clunky technological beast but a modern fashionable jacket that is geared toward providing comfort in difficult situations while dealing with ASD. The SQUEASE Jacket comes equipped with headphones that reduce the level of high frequency noise and the jacket has different pressure points that comfortably squeeze the child like a cocoon. It’s nice to be able to comfortably outfit a child with a beneficial … Continue reading Squease Jacket
EMOTION SENSITIVE APPAREL Philips has developed new emotion sensitive apparel, called SKIN. The far-out-future-fabric actually adjusts color and form, meaning that you can essentially communicate with your clothes. http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/emotion-sensitive-apparel-philips-skin-and-the-digital-future Continue reading mood sensitive clothing
SOUND PROJECT involved an artist, an informatics specialist from Edinburgh University and a man with a liking for music. The man in question had a learning disability, a sight impairment and physical disability, which meant he was reliant on others choosing what he listened to. He listened to Radio Forth a lot. So we invited artist Steve Hollingsworth to create a sound system which could operate with one simple hand movement, enabling the man to select, for the first time, what he felt like listening to from an extensive library of sounds. The playlist included the man’s mother telling stories, … Continue reading The Ideas Team – Sound