A World Apart; Mental Health in the Context of War
a multi-screen video installation project proposal by Andi Reiss, in association with Oxfordshire Mind.
“War is hell… it has an impact on the people who take part that never heals”
The impact on the mental health of civilian populations within conflict zones is one of the most significant consequences of war. It destroys communities and families and often disrupts the development of the social and economic fabric of nations.
Without oversimplifying the project, this proposed 30 minute multi-screen video installation aims to:-
- explore the issues surrounding refugees’ lives, which are inevitably complicated.
- delve into factors contributing to a lack of mental wellbeing, notably isolation, dislocation and post traumatic stress disorder.
- identify the struggle to adapt to the “way that things are done” in the UK.
- give such vulnerable people a voice.
- highlight the work undertaken by organisations such as Oxfordshire Mind and other charities, notably Refugee Resource and Asylum, to help these vulnerable groups in such areas as assistance with asylum applications, housing, education, counselling and social
- bring to public attention the to need to improve the lives of people experiencing mental distress from conflict trauma.
Multi-screen video installation
The days of a single screen are long gone. Consumers now engage with content across a number of devices, and the shift in media consumption has caused digital designers, developers, filmmakers and artists to innovate in an entirely new way. Multi-screen video installation in a single space creates an immersive environment unlike that which we might journey through in watching a documentary or television narrative. The here-and-now reality of the sensory experience created by this art form makes a systematic whole from a series of parts.
Screenings and Distribution
The ultimate aim would be to have this multi-screen installation at the interactive exhibition space during the (WISH) World Innovation Summit for Health’s global community conference that will be convening for a fourth time in Doha on November 13th and 14th, 2018.
From there, it would be possible to see the installation at the Museum of Modern Art and St Anthony’s College, Oxford with a view to touring the piece around the UK to raise awareness and to highlight the tireless work undertaken by Oxfordshire Mind, Refugee Resource and Asylum Welcome.
Possible participants might include:-
- Sultana Afdhal, Chief Executive Officer of the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH).
- Dr Mukesh Kapila CBE is Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs, University of Manchester.
- Dr Mohammed Bin Ghanim Al-Ali Al Maadeed, Chairman of Qatar Red Crescent, an active part of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent.
- Oxfordshire Mind.
- Refugee Resource.
- Asylum Welcome.
Andi Reiss – filmmaker, video artist, producer
A recent Trustee of Oxfordshire Mind, Andi is an Oxford based film and video producer, director, writer, editor, visual journalist, media artist and lecturer. He is an award winning independent documentary maker with experience in graphic design, filmmaking, photography, art, installation, exhibition, publishing and theatre production. His work has always attempted to demonstrate the power and significance of storytelling with investigative journalism, and also to uncover stories of people who have been ignored by the mainstream media or left otherwise without voice. Often with a political aspect, it incorporates a range of artistic disciplines, uniting them within a social and cultural context. Andi works with a small team, but has the rare combination of storytelling, photography and people skills that, hopefully makes his work as interesting as it might be challenging, placing a fresh focus on its subject matter.
Oliver Richards – filmmaker, video artist, producer
Funding and Finance
Andi Reiss and Oliver Richards are currently looking to raise £20,000 in order to develop, produce and promote this multi-screen installation, and would ideally be keen to engage the interest and enthusiasm of local business. If you would be interested in discussing your involvement, or for more information please contact Andi at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 777 571 3363.
This project is being developed in association with Oxfordshire Mind.