New art project inspired by deep brain stimulation 

22/01/2019 00:00 
University College Hospital is hosting a project by the award-winning artist Martha Orbach until the 27th February 2019.

White Out is a new story project about one man’s journey while being treated for advanced Parkinson’s Disease with deep brain stimulation.

It is located in the corridor known as the Street Gallery which links the main atrium to the cafeteria and can be accessed 24 hours a day.

The work explores human frailty and hi-tech precision, and draws on shared language around mapping and navigation, brain waves and the sea to create a portrayal of a man trying to establish what is happening to him and keep track of the line between himself and his symptoms.

The project mixes clinical, research, and personal perspectives using a range of drawn, photographic and digital techniques to capture something of the complex experience of neurological illness.

It is a collaboration between the artist and clinicians, scientists, and patients at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, and people with Parkinson’s disease.

UCLH arts curator Guy Noble said: “Martha Orbach’s exhibition shows us that art is a powerful narrative tool. The project emphasises the patient’s voice within a medicalised world, and reflects the challenge of living with illness.

“Art within a hospital setting can not only serve to tell a patient story and help us make sense of illness, but it has also been shown to have many positive therapeutic and medical outcomes for staff and patients including: reduced need for medication and pain relief, reduction of stress and anxiety, reduction of blood pressure, improved metal health and staff morale and improved recruitment and retention of staff.”

The project was created in collaboration with Dr Simon Little, supported by Parkinson’s UK and funded by Arts Council England.

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