MEREL SMITT: MINDSCAPES ARTISTS IN CONVERSATION

DATE:                    AVAILABLE FROM TUESDAY 6th APRIL 2021

LOCATION:           ONLINE

ACCESSIBILITY:   THIS VIDEO IS BSL INTERPRETED

Merel Smitt chats about Universal Credit, mind-bending bureaucracy and inhuman offices with the people who helped her create While Waiting, Wait Here for MINDSCAPES. Whilst creating their new projects, our MINDSCAPES commissioned artists worked with individuals and communities from across Manchester who have deep personal or professional knowledge of the relationship between mental health and the places they live. Merel worked with staff and service users at Yes Manchester, an organisation based in North Manchester that helps local people to find jobs and access training.

Merel will be talking with Dr Sarah Marie Hall (UoM), and Stephen O’hagan (Yes Manchester).

Merel Smitt is an artist based in Rotterdam. She builds immersive installations and creates interventions in the public space that interfere with our daily lives. Her work is research based and site-specific. Knowingly and unknowingly, the audience are always active contributors to her work. She collaborates with performers, graphic designers and web designers, discovering distinctive perspectives by speaking with communities, philosophers, activists, government and social workers, companies and experts.

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MEREL SMITT: WHILE WAITING, WAIT HERE