Testing Situations was awarded a Wellcome Public Engagement Grant to tour around the UK throughout 2019. Through a range of events - from exhibitions and one off screenings to interactive workshops, live experiments and public discussions - the tour has been drawing on the knowledge of experts and communities and learning how testing can affect people’s lives and society at large. If you would be interested in hosting an event, collaborating with us, contributing to the Testing Situations archive or would like to find out more about touring, please contact us.
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Please see below for details of past events
Jupiter Woods Jan/Feb 2019
The first presentation of Testing Situations took place at experimental art space, Jupiter Woods in London. This month-long exhibition included a multichannel film installation of the 'Neva', a sound installation of a typical testing environment and an interactive, evolving archive. Contributions and informal conversations with visitors and a series of group discussions uncovered a range of new perspectives and questions such as: what is the role of artists in the representation of neurological illness? Who has a stake in these representations? Are joy and sadness mutually exclusive emotions? How could modifications to testing environments and furniture design help improve the experience of assessment?
UCL Institute of Education
We gave a talk about the ethics of artists working with people with dementia, as part of a workshop and discussion event about the ethics of public engagement.
A blog post by the UCL Public Engagement network, which reflects on the session can be found here
RDS Regional Facilitator Meeting
As part of the tour, we'll be visiting regional rare dementia support groups and trialing new testing ideas and activities.
We'll be developing a series of screenings, as well as talks, conversations and creative workshops using story-telling, object handling, mark-making, drawing or sound.
We've been busy booking in venues and this is how the map is looking at the moment. More details coming soon.
In the meantime please get in touch if you would like us to come and visit you or you want to know more about these dates and events.
Activity Trialing - May 2019
The team has been trialing some activities for the the tour including object handling, drawing a story telling.
We're also excited to present some new work from the Single Yellow Lines project over the next few months
First touring dates (05/19-06/19)
For the first dates on the tour we've been visiting regional support groups for people affected by young onset dementias, and inviting people to take part in the project through screenings, conversations, object handling and drawing exercises. Minutes from these meetings can be found here.
16th June 2019
We spent an afternoon at Alexandra Palace including getting to know each-other through music and object handling, followed by a film screening of the 'Neva'. In the second part of the session we made blue-tack sculptures and marked drawing boards, which were brought together at the end. This tabletop will be constructed and exhibited at the end of the tour.