The Creep (Sarah Smith)

SHAW, Rebecca (2018). The Creep (Sarah Smith). In: Artists publication: Double Agency. Launch publication of the Criticaal Art in Health Network (1). Independent Publishing Network.

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The Creep explores the movement of a group of nursing and midwifery research students as they participated in a game of hide and seek, as part of the research project 'Hiding in Plain Sight'. The project explores the relationship between staff, space, institution and the visibility of care work, in the disintegrating UK healthcare system. Building on Shaw’s record of live art in healthcare, the work proposes to re-position art practice, not as bringer of well-being to patients, or as environmental enhancement, but as shared critical inquiry with staff. The research is situated between arts and health discourse, live art inquiry into body and environment, and a reconsideration of institutional critique for everyday infrastructure. ‘Hiding in Plain Sight’ is a body of work including live, photographic, filmic (with Rose Butler) and written publication. Shaw worked with nursing research students over ten weeks. Florence Nightingale Museum and a simulated ward learning environment in Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital were used as studio and site. Photographic, assemblage and performance strategies were used to explore visibility, movement, performance and roles. This developed into a live work where staff played hide and seek, using cameras as a tool for ‘seeking’. The footage includes moments where the boundaries between bodies and ward, carer and environment, are indistinct. Walter Benjamin’s text, ‘A Child Hiding’, was used as a resource to aid discussion. Works were exhibited at Somerset House, London, for the 2016 UTOPIA festival, commissioned by a consortium including Kings College London, Somerset House, Courtauld Institute and the AHRC. The work offers a form of escape from, or a way to re-form, institutional forces without leaving the institution; and a way to work with others to develop shared forms of material critical practice.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Art and Design Research Centre; Department of Art and Design
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Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2023 15:18
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 17:49

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