Come and check out Dr Cath Lambert’s Fun With Cancer Patients Research Hub at mac birmingham between now and October 6th 2013. The hub is a space for dialogue, creativity and critical exploration of sociological questions around the cultural, social, political and emotional ‘value’ of live art. It is located within an exhibition that documents a participatory project called Fun With Cancer Patients carried out by artist Brian Lobel. Brian has worked with a group of teenaged cancer patients from Birmingham hospitals, and staff from the Teenage Cancer Trust. Fun With Cancer Patients aims to generate alternative ways of thinking and talking about cancer, and now invites audiences to engage with these debates in mac’s public Arena Gallery.
The Live Art Research Hub is part of Dr Cath Lambert’s AHRC Cultural Value project entitled The Value of Live Art: experience, politics and affect. Cath has carried out ethnographic research alongside the artist and participants over the summer and during the duration of the exhibition will experiment with a range of ‘live’ and ‘sensory’ methods, as well as more traditional ethnographic approaches, to examine the possibilities of such artistic practices to sociological concerns.
More information about the project is available at www.livearthub.com; email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on twitter @livearthub. Or, better still, come and visit us at mac birmingham (www.macarts.co.uk) between now and October 6th.
Fun With Cancer Patients is part of Fierce Festival 2013 www.wearefierce.org