Eidolon Monograph

A luscious monograph was published in August, to accompany the presentation of the Eidolon live performance and video installation, at the Edinburgh Art Festival. With essays by Nicola White and Marina Warner, photography by Alicia Bruce, Emma Bowen and Lindsay Perth, and design by Marco Scerri, it features performers Freya Jeffs, Pauline Goldsmith, Robert Stanley Pattison and Magnus Sinding Hølvold.

The Eidolon monograph now available at Streetlevel Photoworks and the Fruitmarket Gallery bookshop.

Thanks everyone for all your fantastic contributions!

Eidolon Monograph



Eidolon @ Edinburgh Art Festival

It’s almost festival time in Edinburgh, and Eidolon will be presented as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival this year. From 13-21 and 24-27 August, a two screen video installation will be exhibited at Edinburgh College of Art, Main Building, Room C28 (11am-5pm with late openings until 8pm on Wed 17 & Thurs 18 August). A monograph publication about the project will be available to buy at the venue.

Eidolon - ManiDance (2016) video

Eidolon – ManiDance (2016) video screenshot

On Sat 20 & Sun 21 August the Eidolon performance will be presented at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh (pick up from Edinburgh College of Art).

Tickets are available from: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eidolon-performance-edinburgh-art-festival-tickets-26355118870

Eidolon’s presentation at the Edinburgh Art Festival is supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award, Creative Scotland, Edinburgh College of Art, the University of Edinburgh, the Scottish Centre for Simulation & Clinical Human Factors, and NHS Lothian.


Eidolon @Edinburgh Art Festival

Eidolon will be presented at the Edinburgh Art Festival 2016, as part of Edinburgh College of Art’s partner events programme. A dual screen video installation version of the work will be installed within Edinburgh College of Art from 12-21 August and a series of live performances, featuring Freya Jeffs, Pauline Goldsmith and Stanley Pattison, will be presented at the Clinical Skills and Assessment Centre, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh on 20-21 August (times TBC).


Beverley Hood – Eidolon 2016. Photography ®Lindsay Perth

Look out for further info in coming weeks at http://edinburghartfestival.com/whats-on

Dramaturgy – Jeremy Weller

Last week we had a very productive few days working on the Eidolon project with writer/director Jeremy Weller. Jeremy came in to advise us as a dramaturg (i.e. he was telling us what works, doesn’t work and helping us to give then piece an overall shape and focus).

Simulation in progress

Simulation in progress

Simulation in progress

Simulation in progress

On Monday morning we did a run of the performance in progress for Jeremy and Babs McCool, Charitable Arts and Wellbeing Coordinator, at the Forth Valley Royal Hospital, who has seen a number of incarnations of the work so far. The afternoon was spent gathering their feedback, both through the de-brief session and subsequent discussion. Tuesday, we did script run through’s and mini-workshop tasks in an attempt to bring more emotional depth to the text and performance.







On wed, we went back through the text reviewing changes and applied similar workshop techniques to the dance sequence material, again mining for deeper emotions. Really productive days, with much interesting discussion that helped refocused the performance group, and also threw in some interesting cheeky developments, including the use of interchangeable genitals and fright wigs!





Eidolon – reworking

So we’ve been back at the Simulation Centre, re-working the material we developed for the showing in the summer (big thanks to the audience that came along and your feedback – we were listening!). We’re mostly working with the same material but re-organising it, inserting material into the middle of other sequences, etc. Generally taking apart what we’ve already done and putting it it together in a totally different order…and having a lot of fun with that!

ManiChat2 - working on the script

ManiChat – working on the script


ManiDance - reworking

ManiDance – reworking “The Preparation”

Performance in progress – Fri 3 July Dec 1.45 – 4.15pm

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Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Friday, July 3, 2015 from 1:45 PM to 4:15 PM (BST)Scottish Centre for Simulation & Clinical Human Factors
Royal Forth Valley Royal Hospital
Stirling Road
FK5 4WR Larbert
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This free event is an in-progress showing of Eidolon, an immersive performance exploring the relationship between the body and technology, at the Scottish Centre for Simulation & Clinical Human Factors (SCSCHF), Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert. SCSCHF  is a state-of-the-art professional training facility,undertaking simulation based medical education.  This event will introduce the audience…

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Beverley Hood

Bauldelaire + Les/Le Revenants

One of my favourite programmes this year has been the French series ‘The Returned’ (in French ‘Les Revenants’). Set in a quiet, beautiful small French town in the alps?, the premise is that the dead have come back to life, “returned”, several years later, all at once. It’s exquisitely shot, connecting with the Zombie genre or ghost story premise but plays it out very differently (the character Camille mockingly says “je suis une zombie” but it’s the only mention of it). None of the “returned” look any different, they are not rotten, insubstantial or ghostly, but they do appear to have some special powers that are never completely explored, and they eat a lot. This openness is fascinating. Things happen but are never fully explained.

SimMan - Laerdal Patient Simulator

SimMan – Laerdal Patient Simulator

I’d been thinking of ‘The Returned’ in relation to the patient simulators. Simulators are also able to die and return, endlessly. Unless they break. Serendipitously, I came across the term “Les Revenants” in the recently exhibition “Witches and Wicked Bodies”, at Modern Two (The Dean Gallery), Edinburgh. It was mentioned in an old text, I think from the 1500’s, about witches, witches Sabbaths and other witchcraft practices, and so I discovered the term has historical relevance and currency. As a result, I’ve been researching the meaning and uses of the term “Les Revenants”.

Translations of revenant include:

“spirit, ghost, phantom, stranger….”

Interestingly, a poem was written by Baudelaire in the 1800’s entitled “Le Revenant”, as part of his “Fleur de mal” (Flowers of Evil) poetry collection .

Le Revenant

Comme les anges à l’oeil fauve,
Je reviendrai dans ton alcôve
Et vers toi glisserai sans bruit
Avec les ombres de la nuit;

Et je te donnerai, ma brune,
Des baisers froids comme la lune
Et des caresses de serpent
Autour d’une fosse rampant.

Quand viendra le matin livide,
Tu trouveras ma place vide,
Où jusqu’au soir il fera froid.

Comme d’autres par la tendresse,
Sur ta vie et sur ta jeunesse,
Moi, je veux régner par l’effroi.

— Charles Baudelaire

Multiple translations exist of this poem and the Fleur de mal website hosts a number of these. I’m looking for a text to hinge the performance on and maybe this poem with its multiple translations could be that text…