Beyond Epilepsy

What started as a pretty creative public engagement idea turned out to be a brilliant exhibition which launched yesterday at Glasgow’s CCA.

It’s running until the 19th and is free (!!) so go and see it.

Now. Stop reading and go now.

In a nutshell, the project brought together artists and historians to explore the history, representations and experiences of epilepsy in the past, present and future.

And boy did it.

For weeks we’d been hearing about the artists’ projects and we were getting really excited about seeing it all come together, but I don’t think any of us expected all the artwork and all the panels to complement each other so perfectly.

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The past few days have been frantic. Getting last minute supplies for artists, tech, historians and the guests. There were people to calm down, rooms to clear, enormous foam board to collect, wine glasses to assemble (yes, assemble) and the biggest bucket in the world to fill with ice.

But, after a few days of harried running around and an unhealthy dose of stubborn determination on the parts of many (I’m looking at you Rachel Hewitt, Si Walker) the launch as a GO.

We got so much positive feedback from everyone who came along. There was something for everyone: animation, literature, interactive exhibits, conceptual art and sketches, paintings…

It was almost enough to make you forget the heat. Almost…

This may have been my favourite exhibit though.

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Mirror writing! Everyone can have a go and its a great way to interact with the exhibit. My handwriting has never been so wobbly.

So if you’re in or around Glasgow, I highly recommend you take a look. You don’t need to be a bona fide historian or artist to really appreciate what’s been done with this exhibition. It’s a truly enjoyable space and well worth a look.

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