CVI Art - Artist Steve Hollingsworth

Steve Hollingsworth is an artist who has worked with adults and children with profound multiple disabilities and cerebral visual impairment for many years. His previous work has involved creating incredible installations to help the person connect, engage and communicate (see link to Steve's other work at the end of this page).

This new work tunes in once again, considering what reality is like for the many people profoundly affected by CVI, who may have difficulties drifting between what is meaningful and meaningless.

For CVI Art, Steve Hollingsworth was both a contributing artist and Senior Research Fellow, and he explains his interest and involvement in the additional video of his short talk taken from the CVI Art Exhibition.

University of EdinburghVideo Link:
University of EdinburghVideo Link:

Steve Hollingsworth writes:
We Slowly See is a film based on trying to understand the possible perceptions of someone with severe cerebral visual impairment. The film considers the dynamic perceptual flux between brain and eye and the sensory registers of light, colour and sound. The flow of visual information interpreted by those with damage to their brain results in fractured perceptions and can cause many difficulties in visual guidance of movement and awareness of space and objects. An ability to process space and place and oneself within a given environment can also be impaired. There can be a profound and confusing mismatch between what the neurotypical experience visually and that of a person with CVI. This short film is an attempt to bridge this gap of understanding. The title comes from an idea of slowly seeing and absorbing details that might be overlooked. It relates to an individual who is a tetrachromat, a person with 4 colour cones as opposed to the usual 3, resulting in an ability to see vastly more colours. I considered this analogous to CVI where we can never truly perceive as a CVI affected person might, but by acknowledging awareness of other subjective perceptual realities we can appreciate the richness of visual experience we all tend to take for granted. The film begins with a motif of red, green and blue, the raw building blocks of colour perception and the start of creating visual sense. This shifts into an ambient journey of perception to accentuate appreciation of visual realities with difference.

Click here to see more of Steve Hollingsworth's work.

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This CVIArts project was facilitated by Professor John Ravenscroft, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Fellow (2021-22) University of Edinburgh.


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