Switching Perceptions 2018 - Present
Over the last 3 years I have been collaborating with a neuroscientist and working closely with the Bethlem Royal Hospital, using my visual art practice to invite and enable dialogue about the mind, self, genetics and psychiatry between different communities of people.
Dr Liz Tunbridge is an incredibly skilled and unusual scientist who works across many layers - you can appreciate more about her research using this link - https://www.psych.ox.ac.uk/team/elizabeth-tunbridge.
Liz and I have been developing a multi-stranded public engagement project which has been hosted and exhibited at the Bethlem Gallery 5 January - 30 March 2019 and in the Barbican Life Rewired Hub 12 - 20 October 2019 and has much more life in it yet!
We are also very grateful to the Bethlem Royal Hospital and Gallery, patients and staff from the National Psychosis Unit and for every individual contribution to the Think Tank.
Switching Perceptions has been developed by Eleanor Minney and Dr Liz Tunbridge, C.A.S, Anon, Sam Curtis and Beth Elliott.
It is funded by the Royal Society and supported by the University of Oxford’s Public Engagement with Research Seed Fund, with additional support from Bethlem Gallery.
Switching Perceptions has been awarded The Vice-Chancellor's Public Engagement with Research Awards, 2019
Digital Forms of Exhibition Material:
Selected press articles:
Podcast with The Lancet Psychiatry: https://www.thelancet.com/pb-assets/Lancet/stories/audio/lanpsy/2019/TLP_feb_19_Switching_Perceptions-1549650321263.mp3
In Conversation, 2018
Liz: The whole project feels very organic, it just feels like it came out of those early conversations that we had about the research that I do, and then the more philosophical and moral aspects of the work…
Eleanor: Yes, I don’t think either of us had outcomes in mind along the way….did we?
L: No, not to start with.
L: I guess that is where the idea for [Segment of aself] came from, those discussions of to what extent our DNA governs who we are, and to what extent mental health and mental illness is tied up with who we are as individuals…
E: and these switches, and it not being quite so straightforward, well not straightforward in any way… as it might seem.
L: There is that narrative that you see a lot in the media, a gene for this a gene for that, and it is just not like that, it is so much more complicated.
L: Coming from a fairly molecular point of view I tend to think molecules upwards, and I guess that’s probably opposite to most people starting with ‘who am I as an individual?’ and thinking about how you got to be that person, rather than starting the other way around.
E: Hopefully what we have been doing throughout is knitting,
L: Trying to meet in the middle,
E: Trying to meet in the middle, creating this bridge.