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Panacea Casebook: a multi-layered live art event that toured to Tate Britain, Modern Art Oxford, CCA Glasgow, John Hansard Gallery Southampton, and Baltic. The project, which was cross disciplinary and cross-institutional, took the form of a live performance on stage, involving a combination of video documentation, live presentations, puppetry, costumes and props. Panacea Casebook was initiated by the cross-institutional ‘Panacea Research Group’ Walker (ECA), Bromwich (NCL) Pinsky and Renton (UEL) and funded through ACE and Wellcome Trust.

Lookup NU author(s): Neil Bromwich


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A performance lecture featuring a Puppet Doctor, 3 Artists and 6 remedies! Artists Zoë Walker & Neil Bromwich, Michael Pinsky, and Doctor Hillary present The Panacea Casebook. Examining the connection between art and well being, the lecture asks is it possible for the work of artists to act as a social, political and economic panacea. Pinsky, Walker & Bromwich search for artistic 'solutions' that offers the viewer or participant an aesthetic experience and a practical tool to improve life. The Initial Panacea research was carried out through a series of major gallery exhibitions and events, the finding from this research was extended through the high profile Panacea Casebook performance program that re-evaluated this research and disseminated it to a generalist audience through a live art performance lecture combining art, science and puppetry to analyse and disseminate the results of the experiment The underpinning research of the Panacea Research Project is the investigation into the extent to which art practice can act as a catalyst for wellbeing in society. This research was initiated by Zoe Walker & Neil Bromwich and Michael Pinsky and brought together the Sci/Art team with Dr Mark Down of Phase One Trials Unit at Hammersmith Medicines Research, and Dr Adrian Renton Director of Institute for Health and Human Development at Director of Institute for Health and Human Development at University of East London. This team interrogated question’s including “Can a specific art practice, such as the one described act as a catalyst to improve wellbeing in society?” “Can we employ the empirical testing systems of biomedical science to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of the art works in improving wellbeing”.

Publication metadata

Performer(s)/Choreographer(s): Walker Z, Bromwich N, Pinsky M, Down M

Publication type: Performance

Publication status: Published

Venue: Tate Britian, Baltic, CCA Glasgow, Modern Art Oxford, John Hansard Gallery

Location: London, Gateshead, Glasgow, Oxford, Southampton

Year: 2010

Source Publication Date: 29.10.09/20.03.10

Duration: 6 month tour, 1 day each venue

Media of Output: Portfolio

Notes: Funded by Wellcome Trust Sci-Art Extension Grant. The project brought together researchers from Newcastle University, Edinburgh College of Art, University of East London, and Blind Summit Theatre. Performance toured to high profile flagship galleries in The UK