Water on Dartmoor

The exhibition can be seen at the Mood Disorders Centre, in The Sir Henry Wellcome Building, Room G17 on weekdays June 4th- 14th, 10am to 12am and 1pm to 4.30pm.

mindflow

mindflow is an exhibition of audio-visual pieces at the Mood Disorder Centre, University of Exeter that aims to reflect the lived experience of individuals with depression and bipolar disorder.

The pieces combine the innermost thoughts of five fictional characters experiencing mood disorders with film of water moving in nature. Each character is very different in age and background but all share a vulnerability to mood disorders.

mindflow is the culmination of a ten-month artistic residency by playwright, Daniel Jamieson in the Mood Disorders Centre, funded by the Leverhulme Trust (Principal applicant: Professor Ed Watkins, Director of the Mood Disorders Centre) and the University of Exeter Arts and Culture Fund. The Mood Disorders Centre is a partnership between the University of Exeter and the NHS. Its mission is to conduct psychological research, assessment, treatment, and training for the benefit of people who suffer from emotional disorders. Over the last ten months, Dan Jamieson has been talking to staff at the Centre and members of its Lived Experience Group to gain insight into how it feels to live with mood disorders. In response, he has written interior monologues that dip into five characters’ thoughts as they journey through depression and bipolar disorder towards balance and recovery. He has also collaborated with director, Dorinda Hulton, sound designer, Duncan Chave and film maker, Peter Hulton to create the audio-visual pieces. In them, we overhear the inner “voices” of the characters and see film of the movement of the sea, rivers, streams and the rain to reflect the ever-shifting nature of our emotional lives.

The pieces aim to indicate the richness and diversity of the experience of mood disorders, to contribute to the breaking down of the stigma surrounding them and to increase public awareness of these common conditions.

The exhibition can be seen at the Mood Disorders Centre, in The Sir Henry Wellcome Building, Room G17 on weekdays June 4th- 14th, 10am to 12am and 1pm to 4.30pm.

In parallel, the Mood Disorders Centre also hosts paintings and sculptures by the prominent local artist Peter Thursby, kindly loaned to us by the Peter Thursby Trust.

Date: 16 May 2013

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