His film is a combination of images that relate to Kitwood’s Malignant Social Psychology and of course, the seaside town of Morecambe albeit interspersed with Maya Deren, World in Action, Leni Riefenstahl and of course Norman McLaren. The music is by the sublime Jokia Timabil and is called Lichens, and generously features the Fortuitous Novelties Seedpod Project, in collaboration with Arts for Health at MMU.
Darren Browett is the only named designer in the paper entitled A Bird in a Gilded Cageby Clive Parkinson that is very much of the moment, post Francis Enquiry.
Clive Parkinson is the director of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University and chair of the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing. An advocate for the field, he is also currently engaged in strategic development in the field in Lithuania, Italy and Turkey and is embarking on a 3-year AHRC funded research project exploring the place of the visual arts in creating dementia-friendly communities. He is co-curating an exhibition at Manchester’s Holden Gallery this summer. Mortality: Death and the Imagination will explore the relationship between contemporary visual art and how we live and die. He regularly blogs at:http://artsforhealthmmu.blogspot.co.uk/
In a post-Francis world where institutional neglect and cruelty towards some of our most vulnerable citizens has been exposed, A Bird in a Gilded Cage suggests that the arts might offer something of an antidote to the way we support people affected by memory loss. A gentle polemic that sweetly kicks the ankles of those obsessed with understanding the impact of the arts on human wellbeing through crude pseudo-scientific measurements, placing creativity, culture and the arts at the heart of a conversation about quality of life.
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