THE ROBOT IN ME

THE ROBOT IN ME is an artistic project commissioned by emPOWER,

an EPSRC funded research programme designing a map for soft robotics in healthcare. The project explores people's experience of movement and identity through a series of creative engagements with members of Bristol and Bath Parkinson's UK, Sing for Joy choirs and others affected by impaired mobility in care home and hospital settings.

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emPOWER is multi-institutional collaboration between scientists, engineers and clinicians including Bristol Robotics Laboratory, Bristol University, University College London, Bath and Sheffield Universities.

Sound Voice’s artistic process aims to enable emPOWER to gain fresh insights and deeper understanding of people’s needs, aspirations and relationship with the world around them.

Two new musical works give voice to the invisible stories of people with changing and impaired mobility, how movement connects to their identity, how they feel seen, and societal stigmas of mobility and control. The works explore people’s changing relationship with their environments and relationships and the complexities of accepting care and assistance.

I CAN’T GET TO THE PHONE RIGHT NOW

One woman’s fight to be heard.

As her ability to control her body changes, one women struggles with the realisation that everything is different; the world often seems out of reach yet her ambitions for life are as dynamic and vibrant as ever.

I CAN’T GET TO THE PHONE RIGHT NOW

One woman’s fight to be heard.

As her ability to control her body changes, one women struggles with the realisation that everything is different; the world often seems out of reach yet her ambitions for life are as dynamic and vibrant as ever.

THE AIR PIANO MAN​

The universal experience of a person’s journey from the glory of youthful independence to their reliance on round the clock care. The invisible stories hidden behind every person in care and those in healthcare frailty settings.

THE AIR PIANO MAN

A pianist remembers the glory of his youthful confidence and independence from the safety of his care home. He reflects on how his body and his world have changed, but he continues to play his air piano and imagines his name in lights.

emPOWER’s research imagines our future selves and considers the power of robotics and AI to innovate healthcare for ageing populations using cutting edge technology and biomedical science.

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