Phase One workshop reflections – participant films
Salamanda Tandem, a Nottingham based participatory arts organisation, are closely involved with An Internet of Soft Things: creative director Isabel Jones is a member of our advisory group, and she and partner Geoffrey Fielding have created a suite of beautiful short films with three of the phase one participants.
Chris, Elaine and Meg all agreed to be interviewed on their experience of taking part in the workshops, and to be named in the films.
Informed consent was personal to each of them, and we find that each focuses on a different aspect of the process. In a way these films might be called evidence, but they also demonstrate that in mental health normative forms of evidence, such as transcriptions of verbal accounts, and coherent narratives of recalled events, may simply not be feasible, or relevant.
When you watch these films please bear in mind that Chris, Elaine and Meg live with quite different experiences of mental health issues, and that each day is different for them. In practical terms for research this can mean constraints on what can and cannot be included (such as faces, hands or voices); indistinct speech (or no speech at all); contradictory accounts of experience (within the filmed conversation, or in remembering previous experience); and a higher level of presence from the researcher or interviewer than ‘objective’ studies would call for.
The three films can be viewed on Salamanda Tandem’s YouTube page here.