The infirmary’s innovative spherical-shaped Dott Theatres are being demolished as it is turned into a learning hub but, for now, they live on in a weird way in the art centre.
I immersed myself in the sound and vision originally created by artists for performance in these theatres; in their words, an exploration of music therapy in the midst of the gravity and psychological effects of experiencing a full dome environment.
Next, I listened to the digital narration of an artist/filmmaker depicting an altered state, not quite present although among people. I imagined moving invisibly among them in the accompanying eerie, black-and-white exhibit.
A provocatively reworked periodic table invited me to identify my state of wellbeing, and to consider the widest possible range of emotional states.
Another work took a “comic book” approach to consultations and healing for someone with a dissociative neurological condition. New visions of the ward bedside were also presented.
The exhibition runs until 8 July, providing a hint at the extraordinary work the local health service (NHS Lothian) supports, out of a desire to see art and design benefit its patients.
See next week's blog when Virginia breakfasts at the RCGP cafe and discovers an exhibition on the role South Asian doctors have played in meeting a doctor shortage