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The Harmonic Oscillator and Critical Care with Vic McEwan & Clive Parkinson

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A rare opportunity to hear and see the Australian contemporary artist Vic McEwan discussing his collaboration with director of Arts for Health, Clive Parkinson.

Over the last three years, McEwan has spent time visiting the Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital, Alder Hey where he has been given unprecedented access to much of the hospital in an exploration of its sonic environment. A body of work collectively called The Harmonic Oscillator has been produced in response to this time, having been refined in 2017 as part of the TATE Exchange programme at TATE Liverpool and a monumental sound installation in Sydney's Big Anxiety Festival last month. Festival Director Professor Jill Bennett describes the Harmonic Oscillator as 'one of those field-defining projects...in a class of its own'.

Clive Parkinson has taken time out with McEwan on his numerous UK visits and has quietly observed his encounters and practice and has written a book reflecting on the nature of artists working in places of trauma, and an unfolding story of some of the more profound moments in arts and health. As such, Critical Care offers a counter-blast to the growing cult of scientism and "a deeper sense of community, and a richer narrative of the place of culture and the arts within a health context*."

So - this is a free event and an opportunity to get a deeper understanding of this groundbreaking project. A mixture of performance and presentation and an opportunity to purchase a limited edition of Critical Care as well as the Harmonic Oscillator EP with 4 compositions created from sounds recorded at Alder Hey.

There are limited seats available for this event and please note that this presentation discusses some sensitive issues around illness and trauma, and the families of those affected by the work will be in attendance.



* "Critical Care is the compellingly readable assessment of McEwan’s interactions with patients and staff, and a paean to the value of such work which avoids cloying sentimentality and over-stating the place of an artist in a health context. But it is also a much bigger discussion of the best ways in which the arts can support health professionals and constitutes a challenge to many of the orthodoxies which prevail in the field."
Dr Nicholas Shimmin in The Daily Review

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