‘Happy Brains’ with Home Live Art at Shuffle Festival

Happy Brains SLIDER

Commissioned by Home Live Art to run an interactive art stall at their ‘Alternative Village Fete’ to open Danny Boyle’s Shuffle Festival inspired by the site-specific context of the abandoned St. Clement’s Psychiatric Hospital.
Project structure:
– Initial research and idea development
– Materials gathering
– Day long creative event
– Blog and photographic documentation
Punters at Home Live Art’s ‘Alternative Village Fete’ at Shuffle Festival were invited to conducted their own ‘Happy Brain’ scans.
Members of the public were encouraged to draw their own profile and brain, labelling different areas according to what sights, sounds, smells, tastes, movements, people, places and fantasies made them happy.
From toddler to pensioners, people spent a long time pondering what makes them happy, and went away with a ‘scan’ some said would be hung above their desk or in their room for a bit of positive inspiration, with many saying the experience was a rare chance for them to think about what it really is that happiness means for them.
We had some commonalities across the scans – with beaches, the sea and trees being many favourite happy places; pasta, chocolate and steak coming up as happy tastes and flowers, baking bread and petrol (!) as some popular smells. There were very personal, heartfelt and unique pieces of happiness as well – smells including boyfriend’s armpits, nans and rubber tyres; sounds including cat’s meowing, people including ‘old people holding hands’, David Attenborough and many more in between.
It was a great day, with plenty to see and do and even Danny Boyle wandering around…
Home Live Art were brilliant hosts, and the Alternative Village Fete went down a treat.

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