Before is one of eleven films that make up the body of work Conscious.
It aims to represent how a life can be radically changed by an incident. The effect upon the life in this account is huge. The film raises the question as to what actually happened in the incident, and while there is no indication in this film it is clear however that the effects are devastating.
The intention of this film is to ask those who have experienced anaesthetic awareness to consider, recall and record whether they feel that their own experience has resulted in a life change. This life change may be physical and or emotional, it may have been internalised or may have impacted upon others: family, friends and colleagues. It may have lead to many other changes in life, some that may become more evident once the experiences have been retold and related to others.
Comments and testimony can be recorded at anaestheticawareness.info
Conscious is the name of the project hosted at anaestheticawareness.info.
In it I have produced a series of films that retell the experience of one person’s anaesthetic awareness. The aim of the project is that these films will act as the catalyst for discourse amongst those who have experienced anaesthetic awareness, providing a conduit for valuable connections, potentially leading to a support community for those who are experiencing difficulties directly or indirectly connected to their experience.
Running alongside the online community project is the physical presence of this work. In this strand Conscious becomes an installation where trainee medical students can directly interact with the work by being shown films in designed spaces. These depict the environments connected to the anaesthetic awareness case represented in the films, the aim of this is to provide a visual, aural and experiential educational experience for the students, with the intention of promoting a better understanding of the issues amongst healthcare practitioners and, hopefully, reducing its future incidence. Invited participants are then asked to record their experience of the material directly at anaestheticawareness.info, thereby creating a connection between the two audiences, and potentially opening up new lines of discourse that would otherwise never exist.