One Hundred Blinks

Staff leaving Forth Valley Royal Hospital were amazed to see the faces of some of their colleagues projected onto the front of the building which, for one night only, became a giant cinema screen. Showing was a film ‘One Hundred Blinks’ which starred a number of staff, patients and visitors.

The film, which was created by artist Lindsay Perth’s during her residency with NHS Forth Valley, was shown on a space measuring almost 40 by 30 feet, and aims to reflect the human experience by showing a number of changing faces. It progresses through the ages as each face changes, ending with the blink of a 100 year old woman which then reveals the face of the new born baby once more.

Filmed in slow motion at 200 frames per second, Lindsay Perth attempted to slow down time and provide the opportunity to gaze and celebrate each age and face. Feedback on the film has been extremely positive. Comments include:

  • A fantastic idea, mesmerising, very moving, beautifully shot
  • Wonderful, very powerful
  • An inspirational look at humanity

NHS Forth Valley Charitable Arts and Wellbeing Coordinator Babs McCool said: “This was something of a test piece for NHS Forth Valley. This wall space has tremendous potential for digital projects and messages. It would be great if we could use it in future to deliver health information in a novel way to the local community. This could be the start of something really exciting.”