An artistic collision

MOUNT LAWLEY Senior High School students will experience the devastating effects of road trauma in a unique art cum educational workshop.

Created by artist James Berlyn, Split Second will put high school actors and audience members in the shoes of young crash victims. “Being partially paralysed, having a colostomy bag, or being wheelchair bound, isn’t much fun,” he says. “When you ask a person to restrict their natural movements for a prolonged period of time, it quickly becomes distressing and very claustrophobic.

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“Young people on the verge of driving feel bullet-proof, but this workshop brings home the potential risks to them.

“Kinesthetics is a powerful learning tool.”

• Actors and audience members are put in the shoes of road crash victims. Photos supplied | Thom Smyth

• Actors and audience members are put in the shoes of road crash victims. Photos supplied | Thom Smyth

In preparation for the show, Berlyn is seeking stories from young Western Australians, aged between 15 and 20, who are willing to share their experiences of road trauma and the impact it has had on their lives, and those around them.

“The lives of young people can be profoundly affected by road trauma through physical injuries, psychological strain, even just knowing someone who has been involved in an accident can be traumatic,” he says.

“We want to shine a light on those stories; those moments where a decision is made that has a life-long impact.”

• James Berlyn. Photo supplied | Caitlin Worthington

• James Berlyn. Photo supplied | Caitlin Worthington

The stories will form the basis of Split Second, which will feature performance students at Mount Lawley SHS.

Berlyn is planning to trial the workshop in Perth in October.

To get in touch with your story, email hellojb@jamesberlyn.com.

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

893 No 4 Blake Street 10x3

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