Martha [Alzheimer’s Machine III]
18 May – 6 July 2019
This exhibition brings together video installation work by Matthew Pickering exploring the effect of Alzheimer’s disease on the way we see, interpret and understand the world around us through the eyes of Martha, a fictional character living with Alzheimer’s.
Drawing on research into autobiographical and spatial memory and the behavioural and psychological features of Alzheimer’s, Martha [Alzheimer’s Machine III] weaves together competing and intersecting narratives that present conflicting accounts of Martha’s experiences. Collectively, they examine the complex spaces where autobiographical memory, account, fact and fiction that underpin conscious recollection meet.
Matthew Pickering is an artist based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Working across video, installation and photography, his recent work explores the underlying mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease and its impact on memory, perception and cognitive mapping.
Unfolding in surreal environments, the narratives within his video installations examine the complex intersections of autobiographical memory, account, fact and fiction that underpin conscious recollection.
Graduating from Newcastle University in 2015 with a BA(Hons) in Fine Art, his work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in the North East and across the UK, including ICA, London, The NewBridge Project, Newcastle and HOME, Manchester.
This exhibition is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, as well as Wigan Archives and Local Studies (Wigan Council)
This exhibition is supported by the following events:
Workshop: Digital Storytelling for Reminiscence with Matthew Pickering
Friday May 24t
£3 per person
Join us for the preview of Martha [Alzheimer’s Machine III] by Matthew Pickering and take part in the workshop led by the artist behind the exhibition.
Through hands-on digital collaging using photographs, sound and video, we will create interactive digital stories, and collectively explore how we might use digital storytelling as a tool for reminiscence, imagination and conversation, particularly with older people.
Please bring a laptop and some photo/video/sound materials to work with.
Exhibition Family Activity Day
Drop-in, no booking required
Saturday 25th May
Join us for a day of drop in activities where we will be making paper brain hats to celebrate the opening of Martha [Alzheimer’s Machine III] by Matthew Pickering. This simple and quick activity will allow you to learn about different parts of the brain, so you can visualise how your brain looks like.
Exhibition Activity Day with Helen Mather
Saturday 6th July
Drop-in, no booking required
£3 donation towards materials
In this drop-in workshop we will be making symbols inspired by the exhibition, “Martha (Alzheimers Machine III)”. By distorting letters we will create new symbols with hidden meaning. We will be using mixed media and textiles to create our symbols on fabric flags. Open to all ages, this workshop will be a chance to embrace abstract shapes and embellishment on fabric.
Exhibition Activity: Make a fiddle blanket
Wednesday, 29th May
To Coincide with Dementia Action Week (20th – 26th May) and Volunteers Week (1st – 7th June) we’re holding a session for people to come and make sensory fiddle blankets to donate to local care homes. Bring along any fabric scraps, buttons, and textured materials you’ve got lying around!