Interview with the Project Director shedding more light on our exhibition and what Beyond Epilepsy is all about.
Drug addicts, prostitutes, juvenile delinquents, and epileptics. Which one stands out for you?
In last week’s series finale of Bottle of Red, our project director Rachel talks exhibition and ‘making up people’ with Ross Garner, and asks whether changes in medical knowledge equals a change in society.
Listen here now!
Leading up to our exhibition we’ve got some exciting news to share with you. First of all, we’re excited to reveal our new poster, all bright and shiny.
We’re delighted to hear that our exhibition is gathering interest, and it hasn’t even started yet!
Beyond Epilepsy received the prestigious Magnusson Award from the Glasgow Caledonian University, awarded to the GCU researcher and Beyond Epilepsy Project Lead Rachel Hewitt. An article about the project and the award ceremony has been featured on the GCU Newsroom.
The story of our exhibition has also travelled all the way to Redditch, and has been featured in the Redditch Standard.
Our Project Lead Rachel has also been interviewed on the Bottle of Red Podcast. So pour yourself a glass (or a whole bottle) and listen to learn more about the historic links between epilepsy, hysteria and gender, and whether society has really moved on from looking at people with epilepsy as ‘the other’.
We hope this whetted your appetite for the exhibition itself. Click attend on our Beyond Epilepsy Event on Facebook to make sure you don’t miss it.
We are looking for volunteer collaborators who would be willing to exhibit their work with the intention of raising awareness and challenging misconceptions about epilepsy. It will aim to use both historical material, modern understanding and artistic interpretation to present a timeline of change in medical and social contexts, throughout which people’s experience will remain central. The project will benefit from the involvement of Epilepsy Scotland, who will be forming a consulting role.
The exhibition is a collaborative project between visual artists and historians, exploring the history of epilepsy in an interactive and engaging way for audiences. We are aiming to use visual art to demonstrate the changes in medical belief and social context, from the Hippocratic ‘sacred disease’ to the present day, through an analysis of female hysteria and the discovery of the workings of the nervous system. It is part of a Wellcome Trust-funded PhD project on the history of epilepsy being undertaken by the project leader, Rachel Hewitt, at the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (http://www.gcu.ac.uk/cshhh/) The project will also benefit from the input of a Creative Director, Olivia Vitazkova and a Technical Director, Sam House.
Unfortunately, we are unable to pay salaries or fees to members of the project, but materials and expenses for the production of new work will be reimbursed, and all intellectual property rights belong to the producers of the work. As it is largely a charitable project, it is being run not-for-profit through Glasgow Caledonian University and Epilepsy Scotland. Any proceeds raised through charitable collections will be donated to Epilepsy Scotland.
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