It's not what you do it's the way that you do it

This investigation aims to answer the following questions.

  • How can re-presentation of non-verbal communication manifest as art?
  • What are artistic equivalents of empathy and rapport?
  • How can the working methods used in medical practice influence the production of art?

The research builds upon my previous work, which examined the non-verbal communication of prominent politicians/celebrities during some of their public speeches.

In an effort to examine my research questions, I am conducting a "Series of unfortunate (art) events" that focus on the re-presentation of non-verbal communication that takes place when people are doing "normal" things such as talking, waiting, walking, socializing and eating: whether alone or in groups. I concentrate on movements, intonation of speech, non-verbal utterances, sounds of movements, laughter and peoples own experience of empathy/rapport.

Overarching the research I use medical working methods to inform my artistic practice. This involves the appropriation of processes that take place within medical consultations, medical education and appraisal of doctors, using them as a model for both making and critiquing my work. Examples of these medical processes include making an appointment, speaking to a receptionist, waiting, history taking, examination, investigations, use of templates and computer technology and annual appraisals.

The first events in this research project include:

  • ''The Great Forced LOLathon'' 2013: a 26.2-minute marathon of people laughing out loud, collectively. This is at the Mining Institute, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne on the 26th of November 2013. Supported by Wunderbar.

  • ''Synchrocrispicity'': collective synchronized crisp eating: at the Gallery North Project Space, Gallery North, Northumbria University 28th November 2013.


"Trying to look like Steven Gerrard when he scored in the World Cup qualifier against Poland at Wembley, 2013"

Sponsors: Arts and Humanities Research Council