TWELVE WEEKS: Twelve Hours + Twelve Hours +
24 January – 11 April 2017

For this project I assemble frames from psychoanalysis, art (psycho)therapy, and the arts, through which to observe and document my experiences in, and of, a healthcare setting.

Based on a psychoanalytic model of organisational observation I set up a twelve-week participant-observation in a stroke rehabilitation day service. Visiting the service for one hour a week on the same day and at the same time, I experience and observe myself and/in the unfolding situation from the same seat each week.

Expanding on the model I transfer the experience from organisational site to studio, repeating the hour and documenting my embodied experiences in and of the research situation. Further details of the project and my documentation of it can be found in practice book, Transposition II – make, which can be viewed or downloaded here. An example of audio-visual documentation can be found here.

The title of the project, which forms the main body of work for my research, reflects the imposed constraints of one hour a week ‘observing’ in the healthcare setting + one hour a week ‘making’ in the studio, over a period of twelve weeks, at a regular time and in a regular place. The ‘+’ at the end refers to the work of ‘undergoing’ involved as I work through the experience of making.