The Visual History of Seizures is part of the 2016 Being Human Festival and offers audiences the chance to see historic and modern images of different "leptic" or seizure-related conditions (such as epilepsy) and to listen to a variety of fascinating stories about them. It will take place from 2-5pm on Friday 18th November.
The exhibition features work from celebrated contemporary artists GUS CUMMINS and SUSAN ALDWORTH as well as Victorian photographs and drawings from medical institutions in Britain and across Europe. To view the exhibition is to learn about the representation of seizures from 1800 to the present, from the perspectives of scientists, doctors, and patients.
2pm: the exhibition opens for viewing (for those with a ticket).
3-3.45pm: a series of short 10-minute talks
Martin Willis will introduce the event and speak briefly about representing seizure conditions in images.
Megan Leitch will offer a view on sleeping states and neurology from the medieval world.
Bristol-based artist, Gus Cummins, will discuss the contemporary epilepsy artwork he has on show.
Poet Ailbhe Darcy will respond to the images in newly-composed poetry.
4-5pm: drinks reception and time for discussion and further contemplation of the art.
The exhibition, talks and drinks reception are free to all participants in possession of a ticket. There will also be a FREE EXHIBITION CATALOGUE sent out to all ticket holders after the exhibition has closed.
DIRECTIONS AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Williams Court can be found on Trade Street. As you proceed down Trade Street from the main road the entrance is on the left (a large set of gates opposite the Trade Street Cafe). There is some limited parking in the Court itself and also a lot of on-street parking. The exhibition will take place in Building 10, which is to the left when entering the court. You will see posters for the exhibit outside the door. The exhibition room is up a flight of stairs, and there is not, unfortunately, a lift or disabled access.