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First things first, how are you today?

Contact has been working on a new project that takes place in your home. Part show, part consultation, Devices is a conversation over the phone between one performer and one audience member. Together, you’ll talk about health, care, technology – and the intersections between them. A visual artist will be listening to your chat, and will create a piece of artwork for you inspired by your responses.

This project has been developed with researchers at the Universities of Manchester and York who have been exploring wearable health technology. From fitbits to smartphones, tech can help us to monitor our bodies and the way we feel. For people with long-term health conditions, this data can be invaluable. But what are the considerations around privacy, trust, and quality of care that we should be aware of?

About Devices

Devices is created by artist Mark Croasdale, and will be performed alternately by Mark and by actor Lucy Barker. The four visual artists taking turns listening in on calls are Brontë Palmer, Caroline Dowsett, Ibukun Baldwin, and Julian Gray. You’ll receive the original copy of the artwork created in response to your call, direct in the post to you.

How to Book

Devices is not ticketed through our website, but if you would like to book a slot for this telephone performance then please email our Health and Science Producer Chloe at chloecourtney@contactmcr.com. Slots are free and are available on 30 June and 1 July from 2-8pm. The call will last roughly 30 minutes. We will discuss access needs with all bookers prior to the call.

Please note – while Devices plays with ideas of data collection and consultation, these phone calls will not be recorded, but we may ask you to complete a short feedback survey after the event.

MEET THE ARTISTS

We’re really excited to be working with four amazing visual artists to make this happen. By taking part next week you’ll receive an original artwork, created for you and sent to you direct. We have just a few slots left, so see here for details of how to book now!

Ibukun Baldwin is a multidisciplinary artist and social practitioner specialising in print, illustration and embroidery. Her work has been commissioned by the Whitworth and Bruntwood, and she’s the founder of Manchester brand Bukky Baldwin. ibukundesign.com

Caroline Dowsett is an artist and maker from, and working in, Manchester. Her work is inspired by movement, words, sounds, and feelings. She’s been commissioned to create across the city, and her designs can be seen in the Fred Aldous displays in the Northern Quarter. carolinedowsett.co.uk/

Julian Gray is an illustrator and comic creator based in Manchester. Unapologetically queer, trans, disabled, and mixed race, Julian is keen to create artwork with authentic representation of marginalised populations. He’s worked with organisations including the LGBT Foundation and the Switchboard helpline. www.juliangrayart.com

Brontë Palmer has been the artist in residence at the Horsfall Gallery with 42nd Street, and is a founding member of the Candid Cancer Collective. Brontë is a multidisciplinary whose work places particular focus on identity and the concept of viewing the world without gender. www.instagram.com/brontepalmer/?hl=en

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