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
https://vimeo.com/215191669

Eidolon – ManiDance
https://vimeo.com/213425143

Eidolon – Scenario
https://vimeo.com/215229153

Eidolon – ManiHistory
https://vimeo.com/214146546

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.

Eidolon360

The final section of Eidolon is underway, and it’s going to be a 360video experience of the L’inconnue/Resusci Anne origin story, interacted with through VR Headsets! It’ll feature my longstanding collaborator, actor Pauline Goldsmith (currently performing in Bluebeard’s Castle & the 8th Door, Scottish Opera’s collaboration with Vanishing Point – catch it if you can!) and is being developed in collaboration with Tom Flint, Programme Director for Digital Media and Interaction Design at Napier University, and all round 360 video aficionado (very lucky to have him on board!).

More news of where you will be able to see/experience Eidolon360 this summer, coming soon…

Eidolon360 - VR experience still

Eidolon360 – VR experience still

 

Eidolon @ Forth Valley Royal Hospital

Eidolon will be performed at the Scottish Centre for Simulation & Clinical Human Factors, Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert on 9th Oct 2016, 1pm & 3pm. It’s free but ticketed: https://eidolon-performance.eventbrite.com and you get to wear scrubs!

To wet your appetite here are some images from the ‘walk around’ section of the last performance as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival in August.

 

Eidolon by Beverley Hood @Edinburgh Art Festival. Photography by Lindsay Perth.

Eidolon by Beverley Hood @Edinburgh Art Festival. Photography by Lindsay Perth.

Eidolon by Beverley Hood @Edinburgh Art Festival. Photography by Lindsay Perth.

Eidolon by Beverley Hood @Edinburgh Art Festival. Photography by Lindsay Perth.

Eidolon by Beverley Hood @Edinburgh Art Festival. Photography by Lindsay Perth.

Eidolon by Beverley Hood @Edinburgh Art Festival. Photography by Lindsay Perth.

Eidolon by Beverley Hood @Edinburgh Art Festival. Photography by Lindsay Perth.

Eidolon by Beverley Hood @Edinburgh Art Festival. Photography by Lindsay Perth.

Eidolon by Beverley Hood @Edinburgh Art Festival. Photography by Lindsay Perth.

Eidolon by Beverley Hood @Edinburgh Art Festival. Photography by Lindsay Perth.

Eidolon by Beverley Hood @Edinburgh Art Festival. Photography by Lindsay Perth.

Eidolon by Beverley Hood @Edinburgh Art Festival. Photography by Lindsay Perth.

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).

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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/

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Roy Ascott lecture

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DeTao Node – Shanghai

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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.

ManiChat1

ManiChat1

ManiChat2

ManiChat2

ManiPoem

ManiPoem

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!

ManiDance

ManiDance

ManiDance

ManiDance

Funding – Wellcome Trust Small Arts Award

Great news! The Wellcome Trust has very kindly given the Eidolon project a Small Arts Award! This will cover the final stages of production and a performance run of the final piece – thanks Wellcome! And to whet your appetite here is a glimpse of some documentation of our last performance in progress from July 2015, featuring dancer Freya Jeffs, actor Pauline Goldsmith and the staff from the SCSCHF, by photographer Lindsay Perth. Thanks to all the wonderful audience who came along and gave us such useful feedback. We’ll look forward to getting back into production on Eidolon this month.

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Eidolon – Beverley Hood – Photography ®Lindsay Perth

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Eidolon – Beverley Hood – Photography ®Lindsay Perth

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Eidolon – Beverley Hood – Photography ®Lindsay Perth

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Eidolon – Beverley Hood – Photography ®Lindsay Perth

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Eidolon – Beverley Hood – Photography ®Lindsay Perth

 

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

Hello,
You are invited to the following event:

EIDOLON – PERFORMANCE IN PROGRESS – JULY 3

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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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We hope you can make it!
Cheers,
Beverley Hood

Le Revenant riposte

Work has begun on another vignette with actors Stanley Pattison and Pauline Goldsmith. This scenario is based on the Charles Baudelaire poem Le Revenant, from the collection Fleurs du mal (Flowers of Evil) published in 1857. This vignette in progress is a spoken word and speech synthesis vignette, performed as a riposte between actors and manikin, based on ‘LesRevenant’ and it’s multiple English translations, about the dark, menacing presence of an unknown, beyond the living, being.

MANIPOEM

MANIPOEM

 

MANIPOEM workshop

MANIPOEM workshop