CareRooms cares a great deal about its appearance. It has to. The newly launched NHS bed outsourcing venture was founded on the back of a failing national health service; on high capacity figures inside hospitals across the UK. CareRooms is a mediator between a medically advanced society, keeping us all alive far longer than we ever have been, and the lack of infrastructure and awareness to accommodate this swelling population of the old and weak. What does care mean inside the annexes and spare bedrooms of CareRooms? Can it be pinned down to design, or is it language? Does it have a colour? This is a story about my desire to speak to someone – anyone – at CareRooms, and my powerlessness to do so.
School of Arts & Humanities
MA Critical Writing in Art & Design, 2018
Shira Jeczmien is the founder and editor of Screen Shot, a London based editorial platform that reflects on social, political and digital issues through a visual cultures angle. She is also a news editor for the human rights media platform Fair Planet.
Focusing on the peculiar issues that arise between socio-political behaviours and digital advancement, Shira’s interest lays in the constant dialogue between the two, where they clash, and where they create interesting possibilities for future developments.