"Marking the 120th anniversary of the first medical X-Ray performed in Birmingham by radiology pioneer Major John Hall-Edwards, Hippodrome CREATIVE commissioned an innovative new digital dance film and sonic soundscape to commemorate this scientific breakthrough.
As part of World Radiography Day, the short film was launched on our social media channels and the digital screens in our foyers, and in partner venues Birmingham City University and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Award-winning contemporary dance and Hip-Hop performer/choreographer Mickael ‘Marso’ Riviere created a new solo dance work in response to sound artist Justin Wiggan’s sonic soundscape collated from ‘hidden’ body sounds and X-Ray equipment. British Institute of Radiology artist in residence Hugh Turvey, directed and produced a stop animation digital film that fused together the performance with X-ray imagery.
The three artists also delivered a series of workshops and talks in Birmingham City University, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Birmingham Hippodrome."
One of ten artists globally invited/commissioned by Google to create a watchface app for Android Wear devices – to help initiate interest in the Android Wear OS platform.
Production in Los Angeles.
"An Android Wear™ watch has become a digital canvas for visual art. Evolving from the Xogram work of artist Hugh Turvey, Xogram is a unique watch face now available for Android wearables. It has been created in collaboration with B-Reel who has worked with Hugh on the creative approach and Android development. Starting today you can download these watch faces from Google Play, just like you do apps, to be used on your Android Wear device.
Hugh’s work exposes the world around us, literally and metaphorically. A selection of his nature images are illuminated through a kaleidoscopic lens whenever the watch face is activated. Conjuring movement that reveals new variations to each they reflect an ever-changing world of possibility.
You can choose between analogue and digital, 12- or 24-hour clock displays and can pick your favourite image or cycle them all throughout the day.
“This project has given me a new perspective on graphic expressions of time. We are all Chrononauts, travellers in time, and I like to think this app might encourage us to take time and stop, if just for a moment, to appreciate the infinite patterns within nature.” Hugh Turvey.
A fun Learning app in 78 app stores world wide.
“WOW, WOW & WOW again! This one adjective resounded throughout, along with OMG, AMAZING, and COOL, as we explored this incredibly unique app.Teachers with Apps.com
this app is the learning bomb! It makes your kids curious about everything they see - 3sixty.no
'X is for X-Ray' app has 26 objects that only Superman's X-ray vision could expect to reveal. The Daily Mail
"This odyssey all started when I invited Hugh to be a part of my parlor game potluck league that I was
starting and that ultimately went nowhere.
Hugh emailed me back thinking I had I spammed him. We kind of got caught up since we had first
worked together on an art science exhibit for the Franklin institute in 2005.
I had seen an AMAZING book called Marion Batallie, published by Roaring Brook Press. It is a pop up
book where every letter has a different pop-up mechanism.
Later the same week I had a idea in while I was showering for a. Beautiful A-Z book of Hugh's x-ray
photography called X is for X-Ray. I figured he had A large enough archive of images that he could just
whip the thing together.
So I emailed my idea to Hugh and he was excited to give it a try and asked me to help. We started
working on a print book. Eventually Hugh would create about thirteen new images for our print book.
My wife Maren was writing the text. We showed the book to several publishers and the feedback was
very inconsistent, some didn't like the rhymes while others didn't like the images.
After several rounds of conflicting feedback I sent the book to my friend and great writer Paul Rosenthal.
Paul not only had great feedback but provided some wonderful example rhymes. Hugh, Maren and
myself decide that Paul was the guy to write the text if he was interested. Luckily he was interested and
did a great job of creating a wonderful series of rhymes that go perfectly with Hugh's images.
After about a year of chasing publishers the iPad came out. I realized that this book really needed to an
ebook. I had seen samples of The Elements by Theo Grey and I thought our book needed similar
production values. So in my initial search for an E publisher I looked up The Elements and discovered
that Theo and his good friend Max had started a new company called TouchPress. I sent them an email
about our book. Literally about 45 minutes later I received an email back from them expressing interest
in our book. Two weeks after that we had a verbal agreement to do an ebook together. A year and a
half later X is for X-ray hit the iTunes store." Mike Levad Co-author
“The beauty of the app is its attention to detail. Almost every object has some unique
effect, like the way the car engine’s pistons turn when you rotate it in x-ray mode.”
“Curious children and tweens will get an entertaining glimpse into everyday objects in
this app, which operates on multiple levels.”
My 6yr old is amazed by x-rays since he's seen his MRI of his brain. He really enjoyed
seeing the insides of so many everyday objects. Highly Highly recommended app :)
one of the most fun and innovative interactive books I have seen for the iPad. I really
enjoyed this book, and so did the children I shared it with.
One of those completely unnecessary apps that we still think we can’t live without
- Stuff Magazine UK
As artist-in-residence at Yeovil District Hospital, Hugh Turvey will collaborate with a senior radiographer and a consultant radiologist to explore the potential for using imaging equipment to help engage patients in understanding the interventions they experience. Patients and staff will attend sessions with the artist to explore the creative potential of the equipment and artwork will be produced for the department. The artist and medical staff share an interest in the semiotics of images and the way that the creative manipulation of images could be used to educate patients and demystify complex investigations. Patients will be invited to take part in a further phase of the project to develop material to increase public understanding of radiology. A parallel residency at the British Institute of Radiology will enable the artist to develop this communication material and at this point methods of piloting and disseminating the material at a national level will be explored.
Touring exhibition 2011-2015
Working within Radiology it became apparent that it could be educational and fun to produce a series of images relevant to patients and staff. The general x-ray equipment generates thousands of images every day and we thought x-ray artist Hugh Turvey would be a perfect member of the team so we invited him to work in residency with the public and staff to create the art. The end result was envisaged as a series of visual art pieces that would create discussions between staff and patients. This project was principally funded by the Wellcome Trust and supported by Yeovil District Hospital (YDH).
Hugh Turvey Artist in Residence, The British Institute of Radiology
Sasha Moore Senior Radiographer/Artist, YDH
Dr W.Saywell Consultant Radiologist, YDH
Dr R.Clarkson Consultant Radiologist, YDH
Caroline Barnes, Art Co-ordinator, YDH
Mrs T. Oldham, Spitalfields Music, London.
Sasha Moore is a Senior Radiographer at Yeovil District Hospital. Having received an Arts scholarship to study at Bruton school for girls and an Art award for most promising A Level art student in 2000, she chose to pursue a career as a radiographer and completed her Diagnostic Radiography degree at Cardiff in 2003, winning the David Walters Cup for achievement. She worked full time as a Diagnostic Radiographer at the Royal United Hospital Bath before deciding to do a Fine Art degree at Bath Spa University which she completed in 2007. She is currently employed full time as a Senior Radiographer at Yeovil District Hospital with a speciality in CT. She has continued her interest in Fine Art through exhibiting her work and working with the Bath Fringe Arts Festival, including organising temporary exhibitions and fundraising. She instigated the Inner Eye project at Yeovil District Hospital in her role as a committee member for the Arts Project group. She has a particular interest in Art and Science and the debates around this area of contemporary art practice.
Dr Richard Clarkson is a Consultant Radiologist at Yeovil Hospital having graduated from Birmingham Medical School in 1997, qualifying as a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2000 and completing his radiology speciality training in Edinburgh in 2007. Throughout his years as a junior surgeon the power of the pictorial representation of pathology both historical and contemporary, fascinated him. Linked with this was the ever present and often poorly executed need to communicate to patients the meaning of their diagnostic imaging in an understandable and tangible way. This led naturally to a career in radiology. A much higher percentage of radiologists and radiographers than the general public have strong background interests in art: clearly a factor in their career choice. Dr Clarkson has an A Level in art and a keen interest in black and white photography. Through his knowledge of medicine, radiological imaging modalities and the inner workings, and failures, of the human he would like to bring this understanding and unappreciated beauty to a wider audience. In particular he feels the apprehension and fear of the unknown can be debunked through medically inspired art, calming and easing patients at potentially distressing times.
Arts Coordinator – Alex Coulter
Alex Coulter is part-time arts coordinator at Dorset County Hospital where she has been involved in two Wellcome funded projects (Visiting Time 2003 and Boy Child 2005) with artist Mark Storor and producer Anna Ledgard. She has managed numerous Arts and Health projects over the last 10 years including the project ‘Room with a View’ which brings a live view of nature to Leukaemia patients confined to isolation rooms in Dorset County Hospital (budget £100,000). Based on medical research that shows a view of nature can improve medical outcomes this project is now in a development phase to take a view of Brownsea Island to patients in Poole, Yeovil, Dorchester and Bath hospitals funded by the Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund. A pilot research project in Dorset will be developed further with a larger scale research project at Royal United Hospital Bath (pending funding). She has been a part-time arts coordinator at Yeovil District Hospital for the last 5 years with projects including an artists’ collaboration and participatory project to create a ‘space ship’ lift for children and various large scale installations of glass and sculpture with budgets ranging from £10,000 - £50,000. She is currently a free lance coordinator managing an Arts Council funded regional arts and public health project REACH with partnerships between arts and health providers in Bristol, Somerset, Devon and Dorset; she is developing an arts strategy for mental health in the Dorset Primary Care Trust and is evaluating a professional development scheme for arts managers in Dorset (AMONITE). Other evaluation experience includes evaluating a dance project for older people in various care centres in Dorset and the dissertation for her MSc looking at the impact of the hospital environment on perceptions of the organisation. She helped found and was the first Chair of Arts and Health South West, a regional networking organisation for arts and health professionals and she is currently Vice Chair of the Culture Theme Group of the Dorset Strategic Partnership. She has extensive experience of strategy, planning and delivering arts and health projects and has worked with many collaborations and partnerships across the health and arts sectors.
Biography of Organisation
Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides acute care for a population of about 180,000, mostly in South Somerset, North and West Dorset, and parts of Mendip. Each year more than 30,000 patients are admitted as inpatients or day cases; more than 90,000 people attend outpatient appointments; around 40,000 people are treated in Accident and Emergency; and some 1,300 babies are born in the Maternity Unit. The Foundation Trust has over 7,000 members and over 1,800 staff. The X-Ray Department at Yeovil District Hospital conducts approximately 100,000 examinations per annum which equates to approximately 50,000 patients coming through the department, often with relatives or carers. Approximately 80% of those will be new patients and the other 20% repeat visits. The staff in x-ray rarely have the opportunity to develop longer term relationships with patients but may see them two or three times such as in a pre-operative, post-operative and follow up sessions. This project is an important development for the arts group at Yeovil District Hospital. An arts strategy has just been approved by the hospital board, which includes the recommendation for a part-time arts coordinator post. In the past four years significant effort has been put into developing the arts project alongside a major fundraising and refurbishment campaign. Yeovil Hospital has never hosted an artist-in-residence and this will be an important next step in developing the arts programme from a more traditional focus on commissions and temporary exhibitions towards creative collaborations between artists and staff and more focus on participation. The artwork created will have significance for staff and patients and enhance the environment as well as inform the patients about the department and provide a stimulus for discussion and questioning. This is an excellent department in which to introduce an artist-in-residence and will be a model for future projects which might contribute towards staff development through creative practice.
Consultant for Ridley Scott Associates (RSA)
Commission from Margo Mars, RSA to collate/create reference x-rays for the production of this advert for Ford.
I was sent this morning the directors version of 'True Beauty' - It is interesting to see the differences - I certainly prefer the Director version especially with the 'reveal' of the car at the end and the detail of the zebra.
New Ford Mondeo ad campaign from The Blue Hive (Ogilvy, Wunderman and Mindshare)
Title: Ford Mondeo ‘True Beauty’
Director: Carl Erik Rinsch
Production Company: RSA Films
Producer: Margo Mars
X-ray Consultant: Hugh Turvey
The Day I Saw Your Heart (2011) - IMDb - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1753792/
Production of x-ray imagery used thought the feature film produced by Vertigo Films titled: Et Soudain, Tout Le Monde Me Manque (shot in Paris during August 2010). The last x-ray exhibition scene was shot at GALERIE ANNE DE VILLEPOIX, 43, rue de Montmorency 75003 Paris. Line Producer: Farid Chaouche.
Réalisatrice: Jennifer Devoldere Acteurs: Eli: Michel Blanc Justine: Mélanie Laurent Géraldine Nakache Guillaume Gouix