“Respective Lenses” Uncomfortable reflections on inter-disciplinary collaboration and why it’s worth the risk!

Monday 20 February, 14:00-15:30
Old Library, Garrod Building

Image: Jess Potter

Da Vinci said, “Art is the queen of all sciences, communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.” This ability to communicate knowledge is what we, in the science research world, seem to have latched onto rather than realising that the art-science relationship can be more complex and fruitful when truly collaborative. We have reduced artists into often ill-conceived, narrow minded roles and by doing so we are limiting the opportunity for discovery of new knowledge.

This workshop will discuss the different forms that inter-disciplinary collaboration can take with particular reference to art and science. We will cover major pitfalls and (hopefully!) demonstrate the huge potential for advancing knowledge using a practical example from a health research project.

Consider bringing a small item that in some way relates to your practice.

Speakers: Jessica Potter, Lily Keal, Michelle Madsen

Dr Jessica Potter is a lung doctor with a research interest in tuberculosis and migration. She is in her second year of an MRC funded PhD at the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, QMUL. Her research uses narrative interviews to explore the experiences of recent migrants to the UK of migration, tuberculosis and health-seeking. Jess is a strong advocate for giving a more central voice to patients in research in general and in particular those people who do not speak English. To this end she is also interested in the complexity of cross-language qualitative research and works closely with a team of interpreter co-researchers. Her move from a positivist education in medicine to a more constructionist view of knowledge hurts her head much of the time.

Lily Keal’s practice has recently been looking at awkwardness, earnestness and emotionality. By exploring how these can be weaponised to create shifts in atmosphere she hopes to challenge trends in social etiquette based on normative male standards. Lily studied art at Goldsmiths and anthropology at SOAS. She has worked extensively with young people and is interested in drawing out visual and narrative lines between personal stories and broader social or political realities.

Michelle Madsen is a writer, journalist and performance poet who is exploring how to communicate ideas and stories in non-verbal ways. She has appeared on BBC 1, BBC Radio 4 and at venues including the Bowery Poetry Cafe in NYC, The Royal Albert Hall, the Southbank, Latitude, Hay-on-Wye, the Secret Garden Party, Bestival and Glastonbury. In 2013 she took her show I’m Sorry I Haven’t Haiku, the world’s first and possibly last ever poetry panel game, to the Edinburgh Festival. She has supported Kate Tempest and also as a journalist, writes for the Independent, Private Eye and the Centre for Investigative Journalism as freelance reporter, interviewing people like Tony Blair and the president of Guinea. Michelle’s debut collection of poetry, Alternative Beach Sports, was published by Burning Eye Books. Last year she moved to Berlin to study physical and collaborative theatre at Lispa and is developing her first full solo theatrical work with support from the Battersea Arts Centre and the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton.

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