18 June 2009 Muscular Dystrophy Installation Art Project
My name is Isabella and I am a part of a group of Warwick University students who are passionate about raising awareness for the cause of Muscular Dystrophy.
As part of our efforts to raise awareness, we are working towards putting up an installation piece that tells the stories of people with Muscular Dystrophy. For the benefit of those who are unfamiliar with the term, an installation is a form of site-specific art that incorporates still (photographs, film) and live (performance) mediums, as well as emphasizes interaction between the participants and the space.
Honesty and simplicity are the qualities we would like to achieve in our installation art project for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. Tracing the journeys of individuals with muscular dystrophy will be its overarching idea. It is an attempt to use art to give form to the voices of muscular dystrophy patients, in a way that statistics and reportage cannot.
To help one better visualize the installation, we are planning to use the mediums of film, photography as well as text art to tell your stories. We might feature 3 or more stories of people from various backgrounds and focus on tracing their journeys. We are hoping to invite some established artists on board the project, or we might utilize the talents of students to make the work. We have photographers, filmmakers, visual artists and theatre students amongst us.
To us, the use of installation art to tell these stories is entirely appropriate and necessary to the cause. Art itself allows for the presentation of complex and nuanced human presence. Installation art takes this a step further, and creates a direct relationship between viewer (general public) and subject (patients) through spatial and experiential means. This is what we are striving to achieve, a conversation between people. We believe that good art transcends boundaries between people. Thus a good piece of installation might foster greater understanding between those with and without muscular dystrophy.
We would like to invite anyone interested in sharing their stories to come on board this project, to be interviewed and featured in this installation. Should you wish to share your stories anonymously, we will respect that decision too. If you are interested in finding out more, or being a part of this project, please email email@example.com to let me know.
I sincerely look forward to hearing from some of you.
Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Campaign
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