Artists Albinomosquito DJ Jomo and Jenny (Re:con) created an incredible audiovisual installation capturing perspectives around the theme of identity ahead of the Comixed Playback: Identities event. People have been dropping by, chilling out and chatting into the installation. We were blown away at the transformation.
Erica is an artist-academic researching patterns generated by the brain. She combines her interests in poetry, music to create and curate in virtual worlds. Erica has just come back from the Gambia where she’s been hooking up with artists working in the Gambia on the Wide Open Walls project (link) with Lawrence Williams. We were also researching and exploring around Ecotourism. We met lots of indiginous makers and people creating hi-tech stuff and street art which used eco-spray paint (biodegradeable).
Now back in Manchester, Erica is hitting the ground running to take part in the unconference at PlaySpace and recording a provocation for Comixed Playback: Identities.
Steve Millington, human geography at MMU gives a provocative insight for us to consider how christmas lights contributes to place identity and giving a sense of community. What do you think? Listen to the provocation and express your thoughts…. #cmxd. Come down to Contact for the identity Remixed workshop and hear Steve live at Contact, 5.30pm today.
China Mills gives a provocative insight for us to consider how drugs might shape our identity. What do you think? Listen to the provocation and express your thoughts…. #cmxd. Come down to Contact for the identity Remixed workshop and hear China live at Contact, 5.30pm tomorrow.
China Mills is a PhD student at the Education and Social Research Institute, at Manchester Metropolitan University. China researches alongside survivor and user-led organisations within mental health and disability, in the UK and in India. She is particularly interested in the representation of people with mental health problems within pharmaceutical advertising, and in the role of the pharmaceutical industry in regulating and medicalising personhood; setting limits on who counts as a person and what counts as a life. She is currently doing some work around the production and clinical trialling of psychiatricdrugs in India, and has previously done research exploring alternative approaches to working with children and adults who hear voices.
This afternoon we met up with Geography Lecturer, Dr Steve Millington and PhD student, China Mills at the BBC to film their provocations for Comixed this coming Saturday. It was fun shooting in the BBC Design Den which backs onto the very busy BBC Radio Manchester studio.
As BBC staff made tea, chatted on the phone and did live radio type stuff – China and Steve – academics at Manchester Metropolitan, gave us the lowdown on how drugs shape identity and how monster christmas lights are an act of social (yes those lights that get strung up outside people’s house and on their roof tops) … we’re now busy subtitling and uploading the videos but here’s some pics from our afternoon shoot… with the lights, steve’s furry rabbit hat and the snow outside… there’s only one thing for it… Simply having a wonderful… ITSSSSSSS CHRISTMMMMMMMASSSSSSSS!!! ….and cut…!