SCREENING - Tell Me, How Do I Feel?

SCREENING - Tell Me, How Do I Feel?

07 May 2020

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow


  • Please Note

    Due to unforeseen circumstance we are sorry to announce that this event has been cancelled.

    Thursday 7 May 2020, 6:30pm
    Maurice Bloch Lecture Theatre, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
    Free, but ticketed

    This screening will situate Tell me, how do I feel?, an exhibition of new moving image work by artist Annie Crabtree, in a wider context of artists’ moving image and film that explores illness and experiences of being a patient. Bringing together references that have helped shape the development of Tell me, how do I feel?, the screening will expand upon the themes of the exhibition and introduce some of the ideas Crabtree has been examining as part of her research, including the effect of medical produces and social norms on the body and the relationship between medical practice and culture.

    The screening will be preceded by an introduction by Annie Crabtree and followed by a drinks reception and opportunity for informal discussion.

    Attendees may also be interested in the reading group taking place on Friday 1 May, which explores themes of shame, guilt and fear associated with disease and ill-health.


    The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow is located on St Vincent Street, near Blythswood Square, in the city centre of Glasgow. The nearest train stations are Glasgow Central, Queen Street Station, and Charing Cross Station. The nearest subway stop is St George’s Cross. Bus routes 2, 3, 4, 57, and 77 can be used to get to the College. The College has limited on street parking outside of the building, with a two hour parking restriction.

    The College is accessed via the main double doors on Saint Vincent Street, up eight steps with a handrail. A lift is located next to this staircase and is accessed by ringing the bell at street level. The exhibition is located in the library on the second floor of the college, accessed by either stairs or a lift. The screening will take place in the Maurice Bloch Lecture Theatre on the ground floor of the College.

    The exhibition consists of film shown on a loop on two flat screen monitors with headphones, alongside selected items from the College’s collection in exhibition vartrines. The film is captioned for D/deaf and hard of hearing audiences and a transcript is available in the exhibition handout. The lecture theatre has a hearing loop and microphones will be in use during the introduction.

    If there is anything we can do to make it easier for you to attend the exhibition and events associated with it, or if you have any questions, thoughts or feedback around access at the College, please feel free to contact Clare Harrison, Library and Heritage Manager on

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    About the exhibition

    Tell me, how do I feel? is a dual-screen moving image work focusing on how people are positioned as unreliable narrators and inaccurate witnesses of their own bodies, installed in the library of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow for Glasgow International 2020. Grounded in Crabtree’s own experience of ill health and hospitalisation and informed by conversations with others, the work combines archival imagery with new footage and excerpts of medical television dramas, narrated by a voiceover formed from exchanges, quotes, and extracts of found texts. Generating a collage of material, the work begins to create a horizontal hierarchy of information and foregrounds testimony and storytelling as an attempt to dismantle the power dynamics inherent in medical practice. Exhibited alongside the new work are items from the College’s collection of historical medical instruments and documents.

    Tell me, how do I feel? is supported by Glasgow International, Creative Scotland, and the Hope Scott Trust. With thanks to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

    Glasgow international
    Creative Scotland
    Hope Scott Trust

    About the artist

    Annie Crabtree (b. 1989 in West Yorkshire, England) lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland.

    Crabtree makes moving image work, drawing upon feminist theory to inform both concept and method. Crabtree studied Glasgow School of Art with an international exchange at San Francisco Art Institute, California. She has a masters of research in Human Geography from the University of Glasgow. Crabtree situates her practice in feminist geopolitics, the embodiment of politics within everyday lives, and emotional geographies, the understanding of emotion in terms of social and spatial articulation.

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    Suitable for:

    • Public
  • 07 May

    Registration and Reception

    Annie Crabtree

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    Member Registrations £0
    Non-Member Registrations £0
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

Closing date: 07 May 2020

Other dates

24 April - 08 May 2020
01 May 2020


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