Heartbeat on Scotland

Heartbeat on Scotland

Endlessly curious about connection and disconnection, I stumbled across work by The Trailblazery in Ireland. Their Census of the Heart asked how Ireland was feeling at the time of the national census. The results were interesting, especially on feeling cherished. Women of working age, in cities, reported feeling less cherished in society and families than older women. The difference was even more striking in language groups with Gaelic speakers feeling more cherished than English speakers. So many questions…but the biggest is why?

I also got to wondering, given what’s going on in the UK, how Scotland was feeling. Might folks in Scotland be feeling similarly? And of course, why or why not? And so the Heartbeat on Scotland project was born. Which starts with a survey to ask, How is Scotland feeling? Interviews with willing folks will follow, to get more into the whys, to really get a good sense of how respondents define what they are feeling, what it looks like. The product will be an art work that reflects, explores, and interprets what I’ve heard into a visual and interactive experience.

The survey is currently up in English, Scots, and Gàidhlig. It’s open to anyone 16+ who lived in Scotland. At the moment there’s just under 200 responses in English and only a handful in Scots and Gàidhlig. I hope to have more representation across languages by this summer when I’ll be digging into the data and contacting folks for a chat. So if you live in Scotland, or know someone who does, pass the survey along. That’d be awesome of you. And stay tuned…