Eidolon is an immersive, interdisciplinary performance project, exploring the relationship between the body and technology, and the effect technology has on our perception of what it means to be human and alive. The project was developed at the Scottish Centre for Simulation & Clinical Human Factors (SCSCHF) at the Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert and is supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award, Creative Scotland and the University of Edinburgh.
The work has been performed at the International Congress of Biomedical Ethics in June 2016 and - as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival (EAF) - within the Clinical Skills and Assessment Centre at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh in August 2016. For part of EAF, a two-screen video installation on Eidolon was shown in the Main Building at Edinburgh College of Art.
In October 2016, there were further performances at the Scottish Centre for Simulation and Clinical Human Factors, Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert, and, an extract of the Eidolon performance was presented for a group of student Advanced Nurse Practitioners, as part of their 'Professional Clinical Work Based Learning module' at the Clinical Skills Centre, Royal Infirmary Edinburgh.
The Eidolon performance consists of a series of inter-twinned vignettes. The ManiDance vignette is a duet acted out, partly in private, between dancer and a patient manikin-in-parts within the simulation centre ward, observed by the audience via CCTV style cameras. The dancer unpacks her dismantled partner, from his made-to-measure suitcase, and tenderly re-builds him, making him whole. She is abruptly interrupted by a colleague, who brings in an audience to dismissively poke and prod the her manikin, and then they leave. She is left chastised, her manikin dejected. As a result, she disassembles her other-worldly companion in brutal fashion, obscenely remaking and disassembling him, her passive partner. The dancer wavers between delusion and awareness as to the nature of her partner, moving through an emotional spectrum of tenderness, care and rejection.
Performers: Freya Jeffs, Stanley Pattison & Magnus Sinding.