Falling About feedback


‘So .. the Falling About lab was wonderful. Other than being able to connect with so many interesting people and to re-connect with some old friends, there seemed to be a particularly open atmosphere of enquiry. I am not sure if this comes about naturally when you put people in a room who have come there through a wealth of experiences (both personal and professional), but I felt strongly attached to the ease of communication. This was in stark contrast to the somewhat competitive atmosphere that can prevail in conventional conferences! In Foucault’s terms, you managed to create both a utopian and heterotopian space!’                                                                                               Erica

‘…  sharing such varying perspectives on one and the same topic was pretty inspiring’.                                                                                            Benni

‘I found the morning’s repeated fallings, particularly moving and nourishing: we had a great conversation in one of the small groups  – that I couldn’t quite find the way of sharing at the end of the day, but wish that I had –  about the film Gravity, the horror of non-falling and infinite suspension – there’s something in there about falling as a kind of home-coming.                               Wendy

‘It was so enlivening to attend the on falling round table discussion on Saturday evening. How exciting to hear from a group of such eloquent, articulate speakers, I feel profoundly touched and mentally excited by the nature of this project, which seems so unusually to dwell fundamentally both in the highly academic and physically embodied’.                                                                        Zoe

2 thoughts on “Falling About feedback

  1. It occurred to me (and I’ve been on and off musing about it since) that at the workshop (at least the conversations I was part of) we didn’t talk about health conditions that involve falling. I’m thinking of conditions that affect balance, like labyrinthitis, the sudden involuntary falls experienced by some people with MS, and of course the ‘falling sickness’, epilepsy… In connection with which, I did mention the experience Dostoyevsky wrote about repeatedly, that for him the ‘aura’ just before his seizures was a moment of intense ecstasy. All of his novels contain a central character who has epilepsy, and all of them are given this experience. I’ve always been struck by this though I don’t know if it goes anywhere in this context…


  2. HI Rachel,
    yes this is definitely one of the directions that this project is moving towards.
    I am very interested in exploring how physical, metaphorical and psychological falling might support work between carers and patients with a range of illnesses including dementia.
    Falling as a physical act evokes memories of loss, and at the same time holds memories in each moment of action. Dementia is a loss of memory – what is the role of our bodies in forgetting? Much to discuss…

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