John Hull – Touching The Rock

Touching the Rock is a perfect example of a narrative of experience and recovery, an exploration of one person’s experience, and yet it has no narrative structure in the usual sense. John Hull recorded his impressions of living with blindness over the years 1983-1986, from the point where he entered a world of complete darkness. They appear to be random musings, sparked by his daily experiences or by dreams, but there are recurring themes. It is left to us to create a structure of integrating into a different way of existing.

John Hull was 45 at the time of the … Read more...

The Man Who Lost His Body – BBC Horizon 1997

IanWatermanStillIan Waterman is famous for relearning how to walk and function despite having no sense of proprioception. He lost all his sensation below the neck at the age of 19 after contracting a virus when working as a butcher, but after years of effort and persistence he made himself independent again. This film (and book) is his portrait and story, the product of a detailed collaboration with neurologist Jonathan Cole.

Jonathan Cole has written a detailed portrait of nearly 200 pages (Pride and a Daily Marathon), comprising not simply the story of Ian Waterman’s recovery, but a … Read more...