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Visual Evaluation Workshop

Video Still. Lesions in the Landscape. Installation at FACT, UK....
Image courtesy of the artist.

Visual Evaluation Workshop

Event dates

Tuesday, 8 March, 2016


8 March 2016 - 4:00pm

Event times

Tuesday 8 March 2016: 4:00-6:30pm

Tuesday 8 March, 4:00-6.30pm
Elwyn Lynn Conference Centre
UNSW Art and Design
FREE. Booking required

Join us to see the new exhibition at UNSW Galleries and take part in an exciting new visual evaluation workshop!

Lesions in the Landscape examines the impact of amnesia, a condition in which the capacity to retrieve and form memory is lost and the past rendered inaccessible. A major new work by artist Shona Illingworth, it is informed by collaboration with neuropsychologists and Claire, a woman living with amnesia.

The visual matrix is a technique initially developed at the University of Central Lancashire that we are adapting for the evaluation of art-science collaboration under a Linkage Project funded by the Australian Research Council and run by UNSW Australia. This method of evaluation is designed to assess how a broad range of ‘experts’ from art, science and everyday life engage with exhibitions. It does not presuppose knowledge of either art or science and aims to capture responses in ‘everyday language’.

How it works: Participants are invited to view the exhibition at a specified time and then to attend the visual matrix evaluation in Elwyn Lynn Conference Centre. Over the course of 50 minutes, participants in the matrix will engage in a process of generating associations related to the aesthetic experience of the exhibition. You will be seated throughout, engage with other participants and be encouraged to provide verbal associations of your exhibition experience, if and when you are comfortable speaking.

No direct questions will be addressed to you and you are not obliged to speak at any point. The matrix discussion will be audio recorded. Following this there will be a short break and a second session lasting no more than an hour where participants will be asked to consider these associations in a discussion. Post evaluation analysis of the recordings will be conducted, and de-identified (anonymised) excerpts will be used for further research, publication and source material of future art-science/Amnesia exhibitions. We envisage producing conference and journal articles that detail the methodological innovation, evaluate the method and demonstrate its potential through presenting the analysis and findings of the test matrix in which you participated.

Refreshments will be provided.

If you are interested in participating please contact no later than Wednesday 2nd March for more information.

Research Team: Professor Lynn Froggett and Dr. Julian Manley, Psychosocial Research Unit, University of Central Lancashire. Professor Jill Bennett, UNSW Australia. Dr Elizabeth Muller, UNSW Australia.

Ethics Approval No: HC15513


Elwyn Lynn Conference Centre
UNSW Art & Design
Cnr of Greens Road & Oxford Street
Paddington NSW 2021