Commissioned by Camden Arts Centre as a three year off-site residency while they were being refurbished, Memory Island was exhibited at the gallery in 2004.
Memory Island is a unique fly-through virtual world where you can share the remarkable life stories and perceptions of a group of young adults with disabilities. Jennie worked with the group to create three-dimensional, computer-based scenes, constructed from their drawings. She sited these within a utopian landscape influenced by the pre-Renaissance architecture and storytelling in the paintings of Giotto. From harrowing recollections of medical treatments to the liberating experience of wheelchair abseiling, Memory Island offers a chance to journey in a world of personal narratives, perceptions of self and processes of representation. Jennie worked with psychologist Nigel Foreman and anthropologist Laura Camfield to research the perceptions of the young people. Professor of virtual reality, Roy Kalawsky of Loughborough University, gave technical support.
Supported by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, The Wellcome Trust, Moose Foundation for the Arts and Bloomberg. Thanks to the young people themselves: Victor Antoniades, Ilana Blumenfeld, Charlotte Wynne, Nicola Yates, Edna Obeng and David Slater.
Catalogue with CD,available from Camden Arts Centre
Chapter on research stage in 'Experiment: collaborations in art and sceince' Wellcome Trust 2002 ISBN 1 84129 043 2