Dear world project
Dear World Project is a collaboration between The Rutledge Lab and artist Alban Low inviting the public to talk about their perceptions of mental health and explore how this interacts with approaches taken by researchers and clinicians. Dear World Project is an installation featuring a post box where members of the public can anonymously send postcards about their own mental wellbeing which will then be organised at a sorting office. Scientists are on hand to discuss how we use symptom categories and diagnostic labels in neuroscience and psychiatric research.
This installation will be initially run as part of Bloomsbury Festival on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October on the UCL Main Campus. The conversations with, and material provided by the public will form the development of a larger Art Exhibition exploring mental health in 2019. If you are a UCL student interested in getting involved in this project contact Rachel Bedder.
In2Science is an award winning charity that allows year 12 college students from disadvantaged backgrounds to get two week placements in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM). Students are assigned to laboratories matching their interest and the programme is meant to help them achieve their potential and progress to STEM for further education.
During the summer of 2018, we were keen to take part in the project and welcomed 6 enthusiastic students into our lab. Matilde Vaghi and Millie Lowther organised their visit and the whole lab participated. We ran workshops about emotion, mental illness, data handling, clinical psychology and how to apply to university as well as letting the students come up with potential research projects and present their ideas to the lab. It was a great experience for all of us at the lab as well as for the students!
DOUBLETHINK is a video installation by artist and filmmakers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard housed inside two shipping containers. Visitors are faced with a binary decision - enter the door marked HATE or the one marked HOPE. They can't experience both. DOUBLETHINK was supported by Wellcome and included input from mental health researchers including Robb Rutledge and Rachel Bedder. It was created for Sheffield Doc/Fest.