Telling, sharing and listening to stories is fundamental to every human being, culture and society that has ever been known to exist. Each and everyone one of us has a story to tell; we are the experts of our own lives and best placed to narrate these stories and experiences. We want people to have the confidence to recognise the power of their own voice and the stories they can share and to understand that what may seem ordinary to them, may be extraordinary to someone else.
Digital Storytelling enables people to share, record and preserve their personal stories by creating short films using basic and easy to use digital technology. Our Digital Stories project helped people develop new skills in storytelling and using digital technology by combining creative writing, digital photography, video editing and music to produce a short film.
Looking For Mum
A digital story by Sandra as part of the digital storytelling project with Matt White at Hallam Street Hospital, West Bromwich.
Not Drowning, But Waving
A digital story by Suzanne as part of the digital storytelling project with Matt White at Hallam Street Hospital, West Bromwich.
A digital story by Shanieka as part of the digital storytelling project with Matt White at Hallam Street Hospital.
Matt White is a Bristol based artist working predominantly with the medium of video. He has lived and worked in Bristol since 2000.
His current practice revolves around the recording of performed actions or premeditated events and their subsequent transformation into video artworks. Whether this information is captured by chance or by deliberate instigation, the methodology that follows is similar. Action is recorded and then deconstructed through a lengthy research process of visual, conceptual and technological filtering. Broadly speaking, the finished pieces are concerned with questioning emotive dualities within the human condition: truth/fiction, pleasure/pain, empirical/meta-physical, public/private, conscious/subconscious.
For each project, the process of research is as important as the finished pieces and when starting a new project, he never knows what the resulting artwork will be. His whole process is concerned with an attempt to understand what place an initial experience has within his perception and consequently what it might mean when placed in the public arena. His practice is very much a dialogue between the evidence of the experience, his own artistic sensibilities, the technology used, the perceptual conventions of film and video and finally the experience of the viewer.
Over the past ten years, Matt has worked as a part time visiting lecturer for Fine Art, Film and Video, Photography and Public Art and Design degree courses and has exhibited and screened in the UK and abroad.
“To see my own story and hear my voice. At the moment I don’t feel I have a voice so this project helped me to recognise my own voice. It’s been helpful”
“We know that the process of people telling their stories can be hugely beneficial, not just to the person sharing their experiences, but also the population more widely. Understanding people’s experiences helps tackle the discrimination faced by the one in four people who experience mental distress.”
Lindsay Foyster, Director of Mind Cymru
This is the evaluation report by Samina Allie (Chartered Counselling Psychologist at Hallam Street Hospital) and Multistory.