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Nature’s Great Experiment, by artist/filmmaker Jordan Baseman, will tour nationally as part of the Wellcome Collection’s Identity Project season. The tour comprises three films created in 2007 with funding from the Wellcome Trust and Arts and Humanities Research Board.
Heavily edited interviews coalesce with 16mm archive film from the Wellcome Collection library, field recordings, and/or new footage created by Baseman himself, to create powerful, astute and often disturbing insights into the work of the Twin Research Team at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London. Exploring the perspectives of those involved (the scientist, the family interviewer and the mother of twins), the project raises the question: What constitutes normality?
The films, independently titled Nature’s Great Experiment, (15 minutes), Tape 1 Tape 2, (9 minutes) and Laws of Variation, (13 minutes), will tour to various venues across the UK including Catalyst Arts, Belfast, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Aberdeen University (hosted by Aberdeen Art Gallery) and will be part of GLIMMER: The 8th Hull International Short Film Festival.
Screenings will be followed by a discussion involving Baseman, prominent artists, and scientists in the field of twin research. The project will continue online with written pieces by the participants after the screenings at http://www.naturesgreatexperiment.com
For further information about attending an event please contact the venue directly:
13 April, 7pm
@ Catalyst Arts
5 College Court, Belfast BT1 6BX
028 9031 3303 | www.catalystarts.org.uk
No booking required. Speakers include artists Jordan Baseman and Susan MacWilliam, Dr Tony O’Neill - Senior Lecturer, Queen’s University, Belfast and Consultant Psychiatrist, Mater Hospital, Belfast; and Richard West – Co-founder of Factotum, Editor of Source Photographic Review and The Vacuum
19 April, 2pm
@ University of Hull as part of GLILMMER: 8th Hull International Film Festival
Cottingham Road, Hull HU6 7RX
01482 346311 | www.hullfilm.co.uk
Please visit www.hullfilm.co.uk for further information as to where films will be screened on campus. Please note there will not be a discussion following this screening.
Tickets for festival screenings at Hull University are £3.50 (full)/£2.50(concs) and are available on the door 10 minutes before a screening is due to start.
22 April, 6.30pm
University of Aberdeen, hosted by Centre for Medical Humanities
Suttie Building Auditorium, Medical School, Foresterhill, Aberdeen
Speakers - artist Jordan Baseman; Dr Jennifer Melville, Keeper (Fine Art) - Aberdeen Art Gallery; Dr Geraldine McNeill, Senior Lecturer in the Dept of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, University of Aberdeen; Chair: Professor Peter Helms, Professor of Child Health, University of Aberdeen
Booking is required at this event, please visit: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/medical-humanities/events/ for further information and to book a place.
25 May, 7pm
Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Space 2
Cornhill Walk Shopping Centre, Brentgrovel Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1EJ (entrance via the back of the building)
Speakers - artists Jordan Baseman and Susan MacWilliam; Dr Pam Hirsch, Lecturer in English Literature and Film Theory, University of Cambridge
01284 762081 | firstname.lastname@example.org
booking required www.burysstedmundsartgallery.org
Please note at some venues booking is required as numbers are limited.
This project is part of the Wellcome Trust’s nine-month UK-wide season of activity exploring identity: www.theidentityproject.org.uk
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