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The River of Writing

Walker, David and Gear, Nicola (2011) The River of Writing. [Show/Exhibition]

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Abstract

This commission for the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow comprises two digital artworks installed in waiting rooms in the Maternity Unit. They are part of a series of commissions relating to the rebuilding and renovating of the unit and designed to improve the feel of the building for patients, families and staff. Three LCD screens build a ‘light box’ image of a river contained in a frame mounted on the wall of the waiting room. The image is constructed from collaged lines of scanned, handwritten text. The right-hand screen in the image is interactive (through clicking a mouse) to access the library. The library comprises diverse digital media; scanned drawing/writing, text, photographs and audio. The library and image is controlled by a computer installed in a cupboard below the screens. This installation utilises oral history testimony drawn from recent work undertaken by Dr David Walker during his collaborative AHRC KTF between the Scottish Oral History Centre and Glasgow Museums.