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Instructions for use:

Click on start up image (cheese sandwich)

The centre screen is your main screen - all movies will play there.

The eight surrounding screens are preview screen - roll the cursor over them to see the previews. Click on any of these screens to see the main movie which will then play in the centre screen.

You can carry on viewing until all the screens have gone.

 

Feedback would be greatly appreciated -click here to feedback

 

Scroll down to read some of the feedback from the Transitions show (at the Exchange, Penzance):

The pieces imitate the repetition and confusion that both Fred and Annie must experience. The portrayal is sensitive, and at moments very funny, but ultimately tinged with sadness. A revealing piece of work.

Laura Storr

Well! What can I say? I burst into tears, I laughed, I felt sorry for my mum and myself… How can anyone not feel these things? This work is more than worthwhile – it is concerned (whether intended or not) with social action. Just yesterday I was reading a book called ‘Art and Social Action’ and today an article by Anthony Gormley from the Sunday Observer on the same. Bless you. Don’t stop

Kim, Truro

What a sensitive, clever and thought provoking piece. He does seem brave and thank you for the insights. Best of luck to you both.

Very worthwhile, interesting piece of work. I am a GP and I think that all healthcare professionals, medical students and nursing students etc should see it. We all need to be reminded that it is a person behind this condition.

I know Fred and have been there to see time taking its toll. I love this work as it enables me to catch glimpses of him as he was and though sad it is also a very sensitive and funny piece.

A very touching piece. Thank you for sharing your lovely dad with me. I feel like I got to know him just a little bit. Very lucid. I like his chatty way, his sense of humour and loved the occasional swearing!! A living portrait for posterity Well done. He’s lucky to have a daughter like you.

Sarah Hayward

Really poignant and personal. Gave me a great insight to a fascinating condition. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. A brave, happy and thought provoking piece – a subject that I have never seen exhibited like this before. Really good thanks.

Many thanks for exhibiting and sharing a story that is so personal and rarely talked about in our society. His inner strength and sense of humour shines through – very inspiring.

Bonnie

It’s a bit of a bugger isn’t it? Wonderful exhibit. Very thought provoking – reminded me of my mum who also suffered? with dementia. Wish my sister could see it.

Kathy

At first I found Fred’s character uplifting and although the confusion created by the multiple screens was uncomfortable I felt stimulated without being too emotional. Then viewing the very personal film and seeing photos of Fred’s past made me feel very upset and overwhelmed with the situation. I felt uncomfortable feeling this way in a public space but that is life – we have to pull ourselves together and carry on but as the work shows that doesn’t mean turning away from difficult situations or finding some pleasure in them.

Have really enjoyed seeing your beautifully presented exhibit and having an insight into your life with your father, very thought provoking and poignant – very touching thank you.

Shirley

Both my parents have dementia so this struck a chord with me –how the personality is both fragmented and whole. I feel as though I know a bit of your dad after watching and listening to your piece thank you.

Jess, London

I felt that it is more respectful to show this work in a public place where a dialogue can occur. I am uncomfortable with the sensationalized docus on TV that I feel give people an opportunity to ARMCHAIR JUDGE rather than EXPERIENCE AND LEARN.  Usually don’t like art about personal situations but this is an important subject matter by an accomplished photographer.

A powerful space – it makes dementia seem part of life when approached with love and curiosity.

Hi, My name is Sarah. Just a quick look at your installation/ photos finding it difficult- my dad just wasn’t present for about a year/18 months, all conversations were ‘gobbly gook’ and incoherent whereas your dad seems lucid to me. Am interested in exploring theses themes – I have given you my card. Thanks Annie

I found this a moving and touching installation, capturing the essence of old age. I liked the ‘spectacles’ device (although it isn’t a ‘device’ at all) – our eyes still see things our minds can’t decode. Thank you very much.

Bethan (South Wales)

Well done Annie – had heard a lot about it –wasn’t sure what to expect – very moving and engaging – felt myself laughing one minute and on the brink of tears the next – powerful stuff. I think the two devices work very well- the main one requiring the viewer to navigate through in a fairly random way ( I didn’t read the instructions – but I think my experience was improved because of that . Well done.

Sara

The first time I’ve ever been to an art thing that’s made me think differently. You think you have an idea of what its going to be like having dementia – an exaggerated form of absent mindedness and losing your jeys. But the multi squared films make you realize that it will be so confusing, struggling to find the meaning of stuff when people are talking to you.

Wonderfully moving! It is so fantastic to combine your love of your father with your gift. Thank you for a thought provoking experience.

Rachel