Eidolon – documentation

Documentation of the Eidolon performances that happened between June – Oct 2016, is now online to view!

This is edited down from hours of footage (18 hours of footage across 9 camera feeds, for each performance in Larbert…) but hopefully will give you a flavour of the event if you didn’t see it in person, and some memories (good, bad or just a bit weird) if you did manage to make it along.

Eidolon was performed at the International Congress of Biomedical Ethics in June 2016 (IAB2016) and – as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival (EAF) – within the Clinical Skills and Assessment Centre at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh in August 2016. There were two further performances at the Scottish Centre for Simulation and Clinical Human Factors, Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert, on Sunday 9th October 2016 and, later that month, an extract of the Eidolon performance was presented for a group of student Advanced Nurse Practitioners, as part of their ‘Professional Clinical Work Based Learning module’ at the Clinical Skills Centre, Royal Infirmary Edinburgh.

There are four videos available, which document the ManiChat, ManiDance, Scenario and ManiHistory vignettes. I have only include footage taken from the CCTV/SMOTS system, so the rest of the performance remains more mysterious, and only for those who attended…

Eidolon – ManiChat

Eidolon – ManiDance

Eidolon – Scenario

Eidolon – ManiHistory

Eidolon by Beverley Hood, 2016. Photography by Lindsay Perth.

With thanks to the performers Freya Jeffs, Pauline Goldsmith, Stanley Pattison, Magnus Sinding, dramaturg Jeremy Weller, sound designer George Mikrogionnakis, Dr Michael Moneypenny, The Scottish Centre for Simulation & Clinical Human Factors (Forth Valley Royal Hospital), Nathan Oliver, Clinical Skills & Assessment Centre (Western General Hospital Edinburgh), Caroline Nicholson, Clinical Skills Centre (Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh) & Babs McCool.

Eidolon is supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award, Creative Scotland and Edinburgh College of Art/University of Edinburgh.

Eidolon @ Clinical Skills Centre, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

We were delighted to perform an extract of Eidolon for a group Advanced Nurse Practitioner students, from Napier University, as part of their ‘Professional Clinical Work Based Learning module’ on Oct 25th 2016. The performance was hosted by the Clinical Skills Centre, Chancellors Building, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and included the ManiChat, A to E and L’inconnue/Rescusi Anne vignettes. We followed the performance with a fascinating Q&A, which was one of the most interesting discussions we’ve had about the work, technology, the body and medicine.

Big thanks to everyone who attended and organised, particularly Caroline Nicholson and Barbara Findlay.



Pauline in the Control Room

Pauline in the Control Room



A to E

A to E

L'inconnue/Rescusi Anne

L’inconnue/Rescusi Anne



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.


IAB2016 – 15th June 2016

A huge thanks to all those who were involved in the Eidolon performance at the Clinical Skills & Assessment Centre (CSAC), Western General on 15th June as part of the World Congress on Biomedical Ethics IAB2016, from audience, performers, CSAC staff and photographer Alicia Bruce, who documented the event. We’re now looking forward to more performances at CSAC on 20/21 August and a video installation at Edinburgh College of Art from 12-21 August as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival. More details about how to book for the performance coming soon at edinburghartfestival.com/


Eidolon @ IAB2016

Exciting news – Eidolon will be performed at the Clinical Skills Assessment Centre, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh on Wed 15th June 2016, as part of the International Congress on Biomedical Ethics 2016.

The performance will only be available to conference delegates and places are limited so sign up early!



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

Eidolon @ Consciousness Reframed

In November I was invited to present the paper ‘Eidolon – The Technological Body’ at the Consciousness Reframed Conference, at DeTao University, Shanghai China. It was a really interesting event with an international group speakers from all over the globe, exploring the implications of technology upon reality, consciousness and the immaterial, directed by Professor Roy Ascott. The papers will be published in bilingual Chinese and English in the next edition of Technoetic Arts ( Publisher: Intellect ) http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=142/


Roy Ascott lecture


DeTao Node – Shanghai


Pudong – Shanghai


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”