PHOTOS BY VON FOX PROMOTIONS WITH ADDITIONS FROM SEBASTIAN MESSER
Experiments in Happiness is a Research & Development project stemming from the science of 'happiness', society's current obsession with 'wellbeing' and all things relating to mood. Phase one took place in an empty 3 storey building in the centre of Newcastle.
An initial wide ranging research period was undertaken, which included interviews with academic specialists from Psychology, Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Philosophy & History from Newcastle & London.
On 25th March, with the help of The Empty Space (Newcastle) I met with 7 local artists with varied interests and enthusiasm for Live Art. We spent a day together exploring the building and getting to know each other's practices. Four of these artists went on to collaborate with me for the final event: Zoe Murtagh, Lizzie J Klotz, Rosa Postlethwaite and Maria Abbott.
I also collaborated with Northumbria University MA Architecture students to transform the first floor into a playful, social bar/cafe area including playful ways to collect feedback from the audience.
I inhabited the empty townhouse for 31 days, transforming the space from a series of old offices into an art space.
The process of making this body of original work and collaborating with a new artistic community was a total experiment that resulted in 591 attendees and 15 new artistic pieces.
The results of the R&D were shared with the public as a free drop in event on 19th & 20th May 2017. 7-11pm Saturday was part of The Late Shows.