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.
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It’s been great seeing the exhibition progress. From a crazy idea in a pub to artist sketches and then finished artworks and seeing the exhibition come to life. We’ve had an excellent turnout and it’s been great seeing everyone enjoying the exhibition. If you missed out don’t worry, the exhibition is on for the whole duration of the Science Festival (until 19th) at the amazing CCA venue in Glasgow. And best of all – free entry!
Putting up an exhibition is no easy feat. There was a lot of planning involved – and lots of coffee and croissants consumed at our 3rd Collaborative meeting last month. Then before our launch there was a flurry of activity, the artists and contributors were hammering, gluing, and balancing on ladders, to make sure everything was perfect and ready for the big night.
The Beyond Epilepsy Exhibition is on until the 19th June, free at the CCA, Glasgow. Do come along and have a look at the final product!
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’ve been incredibly busy here at Beyond Epilepsy keeping everything behind the scenes running, which is why it was such a pleasure to host an exhibition meeting with our artists, historians and collaborators. Our meeting was on November 12th at the GCU.
After a brief ice breaker session with tea and biscuits (thanks GCU!) Rachel Hewitt took us through the overview of the project aims. Rachel also gave an excellent presentation on the history of epilepsy, summing up all the important developments in just a few minutes! If you’re interested in the history of epilepsy and weren’t able to come to the meeting, don’t worry, we’ll be posting more of this information on the website.
For the ‘Beyond Epilepsy’ Exhibition we are hoping to use visual art and archive material, in addition to sound and light installations to engage and educate the public on epilepsy both in the past and in the present day. We are hoping to communicate the experience of people with epilepsy: for the visual side, this will be by using art to convey this experience. For the historian side, we are providing context in an engaging way to provide the narrative.
Olivia led the discussion, which started off as a word association based on the main titles of the areas, then broke into discussion about potential ideas that could develop out of this. We had an excellent and involved discussion. Here are some of our notes and mind maps:
Thanks to everyone involved for a great and hopefully inspiring meeting. We can’t wait to see the artworks! And even if you’re not directly involved with the project, follow us and share the information to help us and the artists involved make an impact!
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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