WORKSHOP EVENT: Testing Situations - Taking Care
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About The Event
Presented in partnership with artist Charlie Harrison and ESRC Festival of Social Science.
Join the Testing Situations team at Fabrica gallery to consider how cognitive tests help us understand how the human mind works.
You will be led through a series of testing experiences: each hour visitors will be invited to sit at a table and take part in a drawing activity (20mins). Following this activity, participants will be invited to display one of their creative contributions on a wall, whilst a roving reporter will ask questions about the artistic content of their work. There will be an interviewer in a comfortable seating area to talk with individuals about their experience of the activity.
In a separate area there will be further information about the Testing Situations project and ongoing screenings of the 'Neva', a film made in collaboration with members of Rare Dementia Support groups and researchers at UCL Dementia Research Centre as part of the Created Out of Mind Residency at Wellcome Collection.
Testing Situations is a research project working with the mechanisms of neurological assessment. A series of artworks have been created in response to testing materials and archival videos of people undertaking assessments, and the project has initially focused on tests of language, object, spatial and semantic perception developed at UCL Institute of Neurology. An archive of examples detailing similarities between cognitive tests and conceptual artworks is being formulated and through this research new tests and situations are being explored. The project aims to straddle forms of creativity used in the fields of neuropsychology, conceptual art and experimental technology to discuss the historical evolution of tests and adapt the ways people with cognitive impairments are assessed in the future.
Testing Situations is touring the UK throughout 2019, funded by a Wellcome Public Engagement grant. The project has been developed through the Created Out of Mind research residency at Wellcome Collection and collaborations with members of Rare Dementia Support groups and researchers at the Dementia Research Centre, UCL Institute of Neurology. The Taking Care event is working in partnership with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), as part of this year’s ESRC Festival of Social Science
Presented during Fabrica's exhibition, Care(less), this event will contribute to our consideration of how we can care for one another through assessment and understanding. A response to groundbreaking research being undertaken by University of Brighton, University of Birmingham and University of Lincolnshire, Care(less) looks at the experiences of older people receiving care which they pay for themselves. Early research findings indicate that care provision can feel precarious for many of those who receive it and that a sense of powerlessness, bewilderment and difficulty in dealing with uncertainty is common. Also, society’s view of old age shapes the manner in which care is given, received and paid for and ultimately the value placed on care relationships.
This event is FREE and people are invited to drop in at any time between 10am-4pm. To visit Fabrica's exhibition see the opening hours here.