Dates: Fri 21 November 2014

Location: GuildHE / CREST, Woburn House, 20 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HQ. Tel: +44 (0)20 7419 5489

Time: GuildHE / CREST, Woburn House, 20 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HQ. Tel: +44 (0)20 7419 5489

The Negotiating Practice seminar will present ideas and projects, which respond to a dialogue that, at its core, is inherently about interdisciplinarity. Two groups of researchers from different disciplines will outline two research-based projects:

Under the skin – Dr. Catherine Baker, Artist, Senior Lecturer at Norwich University of the Arts and Professor Iain Gilchrist, Director of CRICBristol at University of Bristol.

Significant Walks – Dr. Shirley Chubb, Artist, Reader in Interdisciplinary Art at University of Chichester and Professor Ann Moore, Head of the Centre for Health Research at the University of Brighton.

The notion of being human is key to both bodies of research with both projects investigating what it means to ‘experience’; targeting experiences of illness, injury and ultimately how consequent changes impact on daily life. The projects illustrate how truly collaborative enquiry between the arts and sciences can be used to increase our understanding of – and empathy for – the various ways human beings experience change, and how physical condition and subsequent medical intervention effects individual experiences. Participants in the seminar will have the opportunity to consider not only their own capacity to imagine and ultimately to empathize with and understand one another’s responses to chronic physical challenges, but also to gain an insight into the questions collaborative research raises for those who undertake it.

The seminar format allows lead researchers and participants, who might be considering engaging in future projects, to unpack the processes of collaborative research between artists, scientists and patients. Discussion will consider how developing the interpretive involvement of participants, creates mutually reliant research manifested in the resulting outputs.

Under the Skin and Significant Walks will provide anchor points for discussion and analysis of what it means to collaborate across disciplines. Each project offers examples of the ways in which different disciplines can work together to negotiate the translation of complex data through research methodologies that are targeted at a broader public, resulting in creative, engaging, and often very beautiful, manifestations.

Both bodies of research focus on real human situations and consider the implications of mapping or investigating the way in which physical conditions significantly impact on people’s ability to lead their lives, and reminding us of the reality of the individual at the core of scientific understanding.

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