Paula, Lorraine, Shelly and Caroline
Paula, Lorraine, Shelly, and Caroline is a research project which explores the physiology of trauma investigating the condition Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). The end product would be a sculptural video installation.
This developed through a collaborative research process between neurophysiologists, psychiatrists, choreographers, computer programmers, dancers, and sound artists. The key partners involved are the NHS (GGC), the University of the West of Scotland (UWS).
The aim of this project was to investigate the synergy between these different practices and most importantly to create awareness of ill mental health, through the arts, to help demystify and challenge general public perceptions.
Our intention was not to plumb the emotional depths of trauma/ emotions these states induce, more to gain an understanding of what the physiological phenomenon, ability and lengths to which the human mind/body will go to, to protect itself.
This project received a Creative Development Award from Scottish Arts Council and developed as part of Phd Research.
Directed by Gail Sneddon
Visual Effects Artist: Bruce Cameron
Dancers: Charly Jarvis and Rachel Smith