Collaborating with people with many different kinds of dementia, scientists, artists, musicians, broadcasters, clinicians and carers, Created Out of Mind aim to explore, challenge and shape perceptions and understanding of dementias through science and the arts.
Charlie is investigating visual, linguistic and scientific metaphors and tools used to describe, analyse and understand the impact of dementias. Responding to UCL’s pioneering dementia research across neuropsychology, molecular neuroscience, motor neuroscience and the lived experiences of these conditions, she is creating a range of artworks, performances and events which aim to raise awareness about the varied and unexpected impacts of dementias at social, personal and cellular levels.
Leading a range of research enquiries and public engagement activities, Charlie has initiated a wide range of creative workshops, exhibitions and events in collaboration with community groups and individuals from Rare Dementia Support networks, Wellcome Collection, Pixel Press, Folkestone’s Normal Festival , Dundee’s Life Space Gallery , Studio Senses ,(ceramics students from Central St Martins), Graphics & Photography Students from Kingston University..
Charlie is currently reviewing and collating this research towards developing artworks, workshops and exhibitions to share with national and international audiences.
Research Acrivities, Events and Outputs to date :
Book cover artwork for Dementia: An Attachment Approach
|Edited by Kate White, Angela Cotter and Hazel Leventhal
Foreword by Sally Knocker
Series: The Bowlby Centre Monograph Series
October 2018 : Artwork presentations /exhibitions of in vitro projection work in progress at Royal Institute London http://www.rigb.org/whats-on/events-2018/october/public-understanding-alzheimers
October 2018 : at Bloomsbury Festival/ UCL Hub http://bloomsburyfestival.org.uk/events/event/activism-saturday-festival-hub-at-ucl/…
October 2018: Contribution to academic paper : Conceptualising and Understanding Artistic Creativity in the Dementias: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Research and Practise on behalf of the Created Out of Mind Team (Article in Frontiers in Psychology · October 2018 DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01842 _
September 2018: Contributions of BiaD member Phil Ball interview with ‘skin to mind’ video and image material to FREE ONLINE COURSE DEMENTIA AND THE ARTS: SHARING PRACTICE, DEVELOPING UNDERSTANDING AND ENHANCING LIVES
Explore, challenge and shape your perceptions of dementias through science and the creative arts. Creating a society that supports and includes those living with a dementia is a major challenge – and opportunity. In this online course you will discover how the arts can create common ground between people, and in doing so, learn what we can all do to improve the quality of life and care for people living with different dementias.
Estimated learning time is approximately 2 hours per week across 4 weeks, at your own pace. Each of the 4 weeks will showcase current best practice, explain the limits of our current understanding, and set ambitious goals for enhancing the lives of anyone affected by one of these conditions.
August 2018 : Collaborations & Conversations (Group Exhibition at Snape Maltings, Suffolk)
Coordinated by Created Out of Mind’s visual arts director Charlie Murphy : includes artworks and installations by: Charles Robert Harrison, Janet Horton, Roberta McKee-Jackson, Charlie Murphy, Lionel Shriver, Studio Senses (Central St Martins ceramics students), Jane Twigg, members of Rare Dementia Support Groups and Wellcome’s public audiences.
The exhibition accompanies premieres of new choral works which have been inspired by the words and experiences of people living with dementias. Created by young composers from the BBC Proms Inspire scheme and their mentor Kerry Andrew, these works will be performed by National Youth Choir of Great Britain https://snapemaltings.co.uk/whats-on/exhibition-created-mind/
11th May, 2018: Artist presentation for Normal Festival of the Brain, Folkestone and installation of ‘skin to mind’ video work in progress : Charlie Murphy joins Pint of Science for an informal presentation and discussion on the work she’s developing in response to the ‘Brains in a Dish’ research project..and presents an installation of her ‘skin to mind’ video work in progress
18th May 2018 : Major public engagement event The Neuronal Disco .. 5-7pm pm : Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall- presented as part of B(old) Festival, Southbank. https://youtu.be/eeRjciW-u_4
1st Feb -2nd June 2018 : Major exhibition : ‘Trajectories” exhibition at Dundee’s Life Space Gallery. http://lifespace.dundee.ac.uk/exhibition/trajectories Murphy’s ‘studies for neurons’ , large scale ‘balance’ luminogram series, ‘skin to mind’ (chapter 1) video installation of work in progress alongside video work ‘infinite descent’ presented as part of a group exhibition
2nd Feb 2018L Art Science Talk : Sharing of current research – public engagement event with artists Charlie Murphy and Charles Robert Harrison in discussion with scientists Dr. Esther Sammler (MRC PPU and Ninewells Hospital) and Prof. Brian Day (UCL) https://www.artrabbit.com/events/current-research-seminar
15 March 2018 – 18 March 2018: Group exhibition ARUK’s ‘Reframing dementia’, exhibition, OXO Tower Gallery https://www.oxotower.co.uk/events/reframe-dementia/
March 2018: Exhibition ‘skin to mind’ video installation , (work in progress) presentation for West Yorkshire Playhouse’s for “Every Third Minute – Festival of Theatre, Dementia and Hope”
Jan 2017- Nov 2018: Social engagement project with BA Ceramic Design , CSM
CM Acted as ‘Client’ and advisor for Level 5 social engagement ‘Client Project’ which invited students to produce work which visualizes differerent impacts of dementias and consider ‘what can clay do’ in the context of public perceptions of dementia. Work produced selected and exhibitied at CSM exhibitions and at Wedgewood, Stoke on Trent as part at British Ceramics Biennale. Link to the film made about exhibiting the ‘Ceramic Diaries work : https://vimeo.com/254759021. Subsequent commission of Rachel Wilcock to create a new piece for inclusion in Metaphors for the Mind and Testing Situations projects.
Feb – April 2017 : – Led a :Visualising dementia” brief for Level 6 GD&P (graphic design & photography) project . Work produced included in degreeshows and portfolios. (images available on request) Selected work will feature in Charlie Murphy’s ‘Metaphors for the Mind’ project.
October 2017: Presentation of video work in progress and glass sculptures for ‘Dimensions of Dementia’ – Creative Reactions / Pint of Science event at Studio Spaces London Event included presentation by scientific collaborator Dr Selina Wray. video : Dimensions of Dementia : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CCHxJL-5Pk
November 2017: ‘Reimagining dementia Campaigns’ experimental printing and wax modelling workshops delivered for Wellcome’s public participation programme for their exhibition ‘Can Graphic Design Save your Life’ exhibition
“How can language and typography inform public understanding of dementias?And how can personal experiences help us collectively reimagine the way we talk about these conditions?Join Created Out of Mind artist Charlie Murphy, researchers and Pixel Press to consider how dementia campaigns might be reimagined through graphic communication, using both traditional and unconventional approaches to typography and print.
November 2017 : Collaborative presentation with Dr Selina Wray for : Arts & Dementia Conference at Royal Society for Public Health :
“Disco morphologies: Dancing connections between art and science”. Molecular neuroscientist Dr Selina Wray1 and artist Charlie Murphy discuss how the arts can open up and engage a broad audience in molecular neuroscience and how they’re approaching the challenges of understanding and communicating the amazing capabilities of cell technology through a series of choreographed movements to well-known pop songs. Pop up installation of Charlie Murphy’s ‘skin to mind’ (chapter 1) video installation also presented. https://www.rsph.org.uk/event/powerful-partners–advancing-dementia-care-through-the-arts-and-sciences.html
November 2017 : Contribution to academic paper “Preparatory planning framework for Created Out of Mind: Shaping perceptions of dementia through art and science “ Article · November 2017 DOI: 10.12688/wellcomeopenres.12773.1
May 2017: Normal Festival of the Brain 2017 : Charlie Murphy and Dr Selina Wray’s ‘Neuronal Discos’ for adults and children presented at Glassworks, Folkestone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39MbIifZNeQ&feature=youtu.be
May, 2017: Experimental printing workshop ‘Words and Letters’ developed for Rare Dementia Support group members as part of Dementia Awareness Week 2017
Created Out of Mind visual artist Charlie Murphy and Pixel Press teamed up to lead an experimental printing workshop. Hub collaborators, people living with dementia, carers and family members came together to play with letters and words using different printing processes, type and materials.
They worked together to create postcards, posters and notes which expressed something that was important to them. From quotes, jokes and meaningful words to poignant observations, everyone got involved and produced some wonderful pieces- represented in type using letterpress, paper, leaves, wax and light. http://www.createdoutofmind.org/dementia-awareness-week-2017/
June 2017: Reading room event, Wellcome Collection, London
This is a participatory event that explores how the arts+the sciences can impact research and dementia care.The audience will be invited to ‘test out’ 4 art experiences that are being developed by collaborators at the Wellcome Collection’s Hub residency in dementia. People with and without dementia are welcome to attend . Charlie Murphy invites you to examine the language and metaphors that we associate with dementia through playful graphic explorations with typography.Full event http://www.creativityandwellbeing.org.uk/week/events/created-out-mind-shaping-public-perception-dementia-through-arts-and-sciences
July 2017 : ‘In search of the right words’ talk and public discussion
We invite you to interrogate the language and metaphors that we associate with dementia. Consider how personal experiences might transform artistic, scientific and public understanding through an evening of discussion, film, poetry and visual art. Dementia is often referred to in catastrophic terms such as ‘a plague’, ‘a tsunami’ or ‘an epidemic’. On the other hand, we have ‘dementia friends’, ‘dementia-friendly communities’ and ‘dementia champions’. With 850,000 people currently living with dementia in the UK, do we need more nuanced ways of talking and thinking about an issue that affects us all?
Speakers : Join people living with a dementia – Tracey Shorthouse, Rukiya Mukadam and Wayne Eaton – together with Created Out of Mind collaborators:Susanna Howard, writer, researcher and actorCharlie Murphy, artist, maker and researcher Hannah Zeilig, arts and social gerontology researcher Susanna Howard will reflect on a decade of working in the field of language and dementia through poetry, recordings and her new short film ‘Shutnell’.
Charlie Murphy will discuss some of the work she is developing with glass, typography and photography in response to scientific and personal insights.Hannah Zeilig will question what we mean when we talk about dementia culturally, politically and individually.
Created Out of Mind activities Articles and Posts on Wellcome website
“How lived experiences of dementias have informed science and the arts”:
Some examples of additional projects to which Charlie has contributed: