Memory Island is a virtual world built with memories and drawings from six young adults with cerebral palsy. The island is based on an illustration of Thomas Moore's Utopia, the structures are from Giotto's frescoes depicting the lives of the saints.
Animations inspired by the life stories.
Preparatory work inspired by a drawing of a mother, by Giotto, by Lorenzetti's Allegory of Good and Bad Government and the landscape of Tuscany.
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 as a projected virtual fly-throigh and a series of animations.
'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.
A catalogue is available from Camden Arts Centre
Chapter on research stage in 'Experiment: collaborations in art and sceince' Wellcome Trust 2002 ISBN 1 84129 043 2
Victor's story included him practicing walking, holding onto his wheelchair. Here are scenes of work in progress, combining Victor's self-portraits with my own drawings and the model cyprus trees from Victor's home and Giotto's.
Images courtesy of Chris jackson
Norwich Edible East art science trail July 21- March 22
- Sculptor Chris Jackson has prepared the first site for a sculpture at Hungate Art, he has fixed a sculpture support into the niche above the doorway so art can be fixed without damaging the beautiful listed building. All the wood he has used so far for his sculpture models and for these fixings has been retrieved out of skips.
- John Innes Centre is inspiring local artists with the science of food security - date change for next meeting. The historic breeding of brassicas has led to so the production many different veg, the cauliflower is an unripe bud, if I remember rightly.
- We have two retail units under discussion which we plan to use for art installations about forest gardens and microbiome gardens. These installations will use supporting structures that we are planning to use for another event, see below.
- You can now follow news at https://edibleeast.org.uk/ or #Edible East, @jenniepedley on Instagram/Facebook or here on my blog. There are resources available for artists involved on You Tube and Facebook and soon on google drive.
Forest garden image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons, image on the right by Jennie Pedley
'Edible England' Heritage Days
- We are exploring the possibility of an Edible East Edible England four day festival/exhibition in Norwich to place the future of food in the context of the past. This will be an installation and public engagement activities to gather local stories and create dialogue. It could include a 3D, theatrical, wonderland display mixing art & horticulture.
I may be using some shadow theatre for the public to tell their own food growing/making stories.
- We will draw on local stories of food, thanks to Sophie Cabot from Hungate Art for speaking to the artists today about food and archeology.
- Gressenhall Museum shared fabulous resources on the history of food growing to inspire artists via a recorded conversation and some pdfs of searches of their databases. They started with a fabulous collection of seed packets/pockets and seed catalogues from local businesses.
- Strangers Hall will follow with a recorded chat about their food stories.
Community Forest Food Gardens
- We are now planning the first of the community forest food gardens in Norwich. See picture explaining the layers of the forest garden.