The Barometer of My Heart was a participatory arts project exploring male health, masculine identity and potency. Performances took place in London 15 September – 4 October 2015 presented with Artsadmin. An evaluation was carried out by the University of Central Lancashire http://clok.uclan.ac.uk/17605/.
Following creative workshops with men in religious, military, sports and corporate settings, and medical research with men attending erectile dysfunction clinics at St George’s Hospital, Tooting, Mark Storor carved out a distinctive space for men to talk freely. Inspired by these conversations, site-specific performances, made in collaboration with an international company of artists and participants, explored the diversity of male experience. Carnivalesque, primitive and tender: still and moving image, music and animation, live performance and sound combined to create an intimate reimagining of masculinity today. A photographic image from the project taken by Stephen King won the Society for Endocrinology’s Visions of Endocrinology image competition encapsulating the breadth and diversity of endocrinology. This was the sixth major project funded by the Wellcome Trust in recognition of the important contribution Mark Storor and Anna Ledgard’s work makes to public engagement with issues of bio-medical science.