Busking For Anxieties v2

Busking for anxieties is an attempt to get the issues of anxiety to be discussed in a space where they wouldn't usually be. Such as on the south bank. People were asked for fill out cards with the question 'What makes you feel anxious' and 'What makes you feel better', these cards were then stuck on the 'Anxiety Wall' that is cardboard along the sea wall. This was filled with anxieties and it became a space for the light hearted discussion and digestion of peoples anxieties. 

There was a great response from many people. Some people took it as an opportunity to instantly open up and start talking to my helpers Jean Luc and Will about their anxiety issues. It also became a fun place for people to listen to music and look at others anxieties and what makes them feel better and compare with their own experiences hopefully encouraging feelings of empathy and solidarity within their world of anxiety. 

If you would like to potentially be involved with the future of this project please email me at: james-barclay@hotmail.co.uk

Field Research Workshop : Old Naval College Greenwich.

Last week I worked in a group of 3 attempting to undertake research in the old naval college Greenwhich. We started by going and carrying out seperate research. Mine was aimed at finding out how people record their time at the place. Mainly looking at tourists recording their time there and how their representation of their day and them selves may differ from the reality of their experiences. 

Tuur fed back saying that the research methods we were using were not interesting and insightful he wanted us to immerse ourselves in more interesting and original ways. So we decided to try and engage with the public by getting them to become actors in a false fictional narrative we had created around the space. We then wanted this to be shared on social media and for the people involved to be tagged specifically on instagram. 

The scenes we created where in a classic story line you can acess them on the instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/whichgreenscreenfilms/

Scene 1 : Danger Arriving

Scene 2 : Baddie Chase

Scene 3 : Goodies Shoot Back

We asked the actors we used for their instagrams and if they gave it we tagged them. The interesting aspect for me was how people would become exited by the fact it would be on Instagram and some were all exited to provide their details. 

Another area of interest was the way that this process could have provided an escape for the precarity of life in society. The scenes are a set area for people to let go and forget about their real life and be someone new. Also they may have thought about the space in a different way...

The green screen objects and suit become ambiguous tools for engagement with the public. I feel their are ways i can use the green screen suit in more direct ways in my project. It can jyst become a tool of engagement. It would also be cool to do some live green screening of peoples anxieties onto the screen then interact with me... might take a bit of technology i cant do though but i wont let that put me off.  

 

Chaise Lounge - Gaffa Workshop

We were tasked with making an object that relates to our project out of cardboard and Gaffa Tape alone. I decided to make a Chaise Lounge (Frued therapy chair) so i could experiment with placing it in different contexts that might not be used to be open to mental health issues. 

The first place i placed was in the studio. I will do more soon.