Being Seen

SHAW, Becky (2016). Being Seen. In: WILLIAMS, Frances, (ed.) Are you feeling better? London, Cultural Institute.

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Research students from the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery were invited to explore the concept of utopia, to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s book. Working with artists Becky Shaw and Rose Butler, and curator Frances Williams, the process began by exploring the spatial ‘dimensions’ of utopia, as a ‘no-place’, which offered a rich, useful parallel to the edge-less space of research where new researchers must invent an entire new working structure. Inspired by historic images of nurses at Florence Nightingale Museum, we thought about how looking, seeing, observing, witnessing and experiencing affects and informs practice and research. From thinking about the utopian aspects of research as a way to see and change daily practice, we moved to the utopian space of the nursing simulation and learning environment at Guys Hospital, where the space provides a theatre for learning and simulating practice. In this environment we explored how we look at spaces- looking under, around and through a familiar environment; photographing the material of benchside and bedside. Inspired by Walter Benjamin’s text, Child Hiding, we played hide and seek, experimenting with the ways in which we can become visible or disappear to each other, our patients, our subjects and our colleagues.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Art and Design Research Centre
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts > Department of Art and Design
Identification Number: none- artists book, small print run
Depositing User: Becky Shaw
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2017 16:15
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 11:00

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