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Name: Tim Jeeves
Message: Hi there, I'm an artist, based in Liverpool, and am just in the early stages of a new project about organ transplantation. To provide some context, I was myself the recipient of a bone marrow transplant some fifteen years ago, and have previously made a number of pieces of work that have explored both the period when I was ill and the effects of this on the time since. The current project takes me in something of a new direction as I’m looking to work with other people whose lives have seen transplantation play a significant role. I’ve copied a paragraph about the project below, but a key element of what we want to explore is the daily experiences of, and relationship between, people who have received transplants and lab staff who work in transplantation. Thanks to some funding from Arts Council England, we're starting the process with a workshop, first held in Liverpool on Saturday the 19th March, and then repeated the next day, in London on the 20th. Information on these is viewable here. We're doing quite well at recruiting participants on the laboratory side of things; labs in Liverpool, Manchester and London are on board, but - to be honest – we are struggling to find ways of talking with groups of transplant patients, and were hoping that you may be able to help with this. As I say, the workshops are in a little under two weeks, so my sincere apologies for the short notice, but if you should be able to forward any information on to your contacts list (I can send an e-flyer through to you if that would be useful), or if you can point me towards any other groups that you think might be worth contacting (or are able to help in any other way) then it would be really, really appreciated. My apologies for the long message, but hopefully it gives you a full sense of what we're working on. If you would like to speak with me more about the project, please do e-mail or call me on 07974 731 752. Many thanks, Tim Jeeves
Not Just The Incredibles A donated organ is an incredible gift. It is the gift of life, the insertion of a vital part of one individual into another, a physical blurring of two identities. Yet, despite its extraordinary nature, the practices that surround organ transplantation remain firmly embedded within the everyday. There is the everyday activity of lab researchers, those people who match donor to recipient, facilitate new advances and improve existing techniques through their daily work routines whilst, at the other end of the transaction, there is also the transplant recipient's everyday life. Whilst it is easy to focus on the profound highs the recipient might feel as a result of these extraordinary procedures (for they have often - literally - been given a new lease of life), to do so risks rendering those times in their life that are painful, distressing or simply mundane somehow less valid. This may lead them to feel they are somehow failing by not leading a heightened life, a responsibility they can never fulfill. Not Just the Incredibles explores these ideas of the everyday in transplantation through a series of interactive artworks, sited in everyday locations, and developed by Tim Jeeves and Mamoru Iriguchi in collaboration with transplant recipients and lab technicians.