To open the dialoge on Mental Health and it’s manifestations and effects in society to a larger audience, we invited different artists, writers, or thinkers to do an intervention in the work setting of our summer residency, slowly growing the space into an expanded visible examination. The program we thought of, includes interventions from young local and international guests, fostering an exchange trough different layers of thoughts and geographical context, trying to understand poetical as well as socio-political relevance, impact and development of this topic.
// A Mental Buffet, Aziadé Cirlini
"Tubes obstrués ; compresses d'idées
Obsession recouvrante ; vice de débordement
L'aliment obsédant, disposé à l'encontre des désirs trop puissants.
Ordonner, quantifier, ranger. Combler l'infinité.
Au centre du quotidien, se nourrir dans un contrôle méthodique. Sur la table, alignés et pensés, ils seront des tubes dans des tubes ; excès de droiture, loin de tout débordement, l'empire du dépouillement.
Surfaces lisses, appliquées. Enveloppe figée.
Contenir le trouble, dans une discipline illusoire."
// The Touch of Your Skin, Adrian Huber, Melanie Akeret, Mohamed Almusibli and Yael Wicki
In situation of anxiety or ill-being we tend to take refuge in our room, our bed, our safe space. Although in doing so, we isolate ourself from the outside world, hiding under the bed sheets. In a longer term, the safe space becomes a trick, that doesn’t let you move on and help yourself. We wake up, but don’t get up for days. Sometimes we don’t even sleep. Our bodies start hurting from lying. We change our positions, but we can’t leave. Till the wave of emotion deserts our body, the negative thoughts tone down, we just lie by ourselves, waiting.
// An Archive for Emotions I, Adrian Huber, Melanie Akeret, Mohamed Almusibli and Yael Wicki
“An Archive for Emotions” is a for the public accessible off- and online library, containing all our combined text and audio visual research materials. It will be displayied in form of books, texts, a computer station with access to the online platform, as well as a printer in the work space of DisOrder at Raum Station. In the process of the summer residency, the archive will grow documenting our progression and the interventions by our guests, functioning as a live window following DisOrder.
// The White Sorrow, Iselinki
The Norwegian psychiatrist and cultural writer Finn Skårderud used the concept of White Sorrow, describing the sorrow or the mourning of something that you have never had. (Opposed to the mourning of something that you have lost, called Black Sorrow.) Trough this concept, he is talking about the narcissist as, not someone who is practicing an excessive amount of self-love, but rather as someone who has a shortcoming or rupture thereof.
The White Sorrow by Iselinki is a multi-layered performative response to this concept, investigating narcissism in midst an art exhibition context.
// The Young Girl Reading Group as Phenomenon, Dorota Gaweda & Egle Kulbokaite
It starts with the name. YGRG as abbreviation is in itself an aesthetic choice. Then follows the form and distribution. YGRG functions casually on Facebook, where the digital YGRGs weave new networks from what had once been isolated words, numbers, music, shapes, tactile textures and architectures. The individuated texts we choose become filaments of infinitely tangled webs. YGRG addresses the mutations within the figure of the Young-Girl that follows symmetrically the evolutions of the capitalist mode of production. Over the past thirty years little by little we’ve moved from a Fordist type seduction, with its designated places and moments, its static and proto-bourgeois couple-form, to a postfordist type seduction, diffuse, flexible, precarious and de-ritualized, which has extended the couples-factory over the whole of the body and all social space-time. At this particularly advanced stage of Total Mobilization, everyone is called upon to keep up their “seduction power,” which has replaced their “labor power,” so that they can at any instant be fired and set out again on the sexual market. YGRG aesthetic explores this shiny surface.
// Call me no less than the living (chronic pain expansion), Samuel Koch
Come up, get outside of the cave! There's no hope. We find satisfaction in pain. In the end it is a layer above our heads, a prison around our bodies and tension within our believes. Within this, everything has a function. Forced or by free choice. One needs pain, one wants pain, but everyone needs ecstasies and mysteries.
// Youth Melancholie, Pullman Rose
Pullman Rose is a music band based in Geneva. Séverine and Quentin, two siblings produce and sing their songs in a playful and childlike way, dry voices and joyful synth lines exchanges their chronology. >> Pullman Rose on Soundcloud
// Laughing - Crying: The Tearcatchers, Emma Ines Panza & Carina Erdmann
> overall i have a concern. i am fucking happy this last month
- haha, is that a concern?
> i could have related to this project MUCH BETTER 1/2 months ago!
- i think for me anyways its much more about weltschmerz. i actually don't want it to be about personal sorrow, but more about a general sorrow which normally can’t even create tears. i would see the laughing and crying as a means to give the angst a flow and go.
> that's totally implied. the whole laughing-crying project is about social acceptance of emotional release, no?
- there was another element what I found interesting: the idea of production, the human body as a source of production.
Once upon a time the humans forced the machine to production and when they saw that it was good, they forced themselves to production – the tears started gliding down their cheeks. the melancholic futurists of today.
> so that nowadays emotions are just another product…
…The tears on the other hand are just another line of production.
Do you know the moment in the film ‘Nero’ by the way? where the big tyrant is crying for his tearless after having induced yet some other horrific terrors to the city? He cries ‘Titus bring me my tear glass…’
Then theres another story where women were left beautiful vase-like-vessels like the ones on my Facebook. When her husbands went of to war she had to collect her tears in order to show him upon his return how much she had missed him.
In several traditions woman are hired to cry into specially made tearchatchers after someone has died. When the tears have evaporated out of specially perforated holes the mourning time is over and party can go on
> women as producers of emotions
- yes i like the idea of over-emotionality as a good
> it's like a currency
emotions as a currency
or tears as a currency
and emotions as capital
- i like a lot about the mourning women that they are really indulging in the tears, almost celebrating them.
we would call that bathing in ones own tears?
> then think of an ensamble of objects, which we could call them tearcatchers, collected through our acquaintances and friends. And we could do an open session of laughing-crying and invite the public to use them?
- lets get someone to give a tutorial for crying
> or we just invite some professional mourners.
They were called moirologists, but they still exist. www.rentamourner.co.uk/
- Ai that pleasure won't be cheap…!
// Migraines and the physiological reception of rapidity, Ian Wooldridge with Nicola Kazimir & Walid ElBarbir
The context derives from tangents of thought on the relationality between migraines and heavy metal/ dubstep. Much like transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy, which sends pulses through the cerebral cortex to provide migraine relief, bass heavy music can act in a similar way. Dubstep and Heavy Metal commonly have a frequency of 140 beats per minute, which is the average heartbeat of a fetus. John Cage and the amniotic chamber, is this composition or therapy?
What about rapid image flow? Amongst the New American Cinema of the 1960’s & 70’s arose the flicker film and theories around the physiological affects of rapid film movement. Artists/ Filmmakers mused upon the idea of film as therapy, the flicker film inducing hypnosis, calming migraines, as meditation, the violence of rapid light collisions, ‘the filmmaker as physician’ (Markopoulos).
// Don’t Let Your Tongue Be Cut, A reading by Leda Bourgogne
„Autobiography is only a literary genre […] When I say „I“, this I is never the subject of autobiography, my I is free.“
(Cixous, Book of Promethea)
Through an assortment of fictionalized diary entries and fragmental short stories, using the authors dreams’ and daily observations’ literary potential, crumbling prose and imprisoned verses will come to voice. The figure of Ovid’s Philomela as someone who lost her voice and is doomed eternally powerless to arise to undreamt-of strength and even violence, serves the author as an inspiration to explore various motives such as coming-to-words, the process of writing, injury, power and love. In the course of this both the notion of ‚mental health‘ is not necessarily understood as a condition that needs to be reached as well is the area of the mental imagined in an undetermined location, to challenge the commonly accepted and understood binary division of mental / physical and healthy / sick.
// Precauzione Inutile, A reading by Costanza Candeloro
By escaping a unilateral vision of mental illness, Precauzione inutile is a journey to the other side of the coin, into the need of affection that guides the therapist through the construction of a relationship with the patient, through love and through the disparate research of eroticism and excruciating morbidity contained in the techniques of attention that the therapist practices with its patient.
A chronicle that unites literature, confession and the practice of writing.
// Mental Health: The September Issue, A reading by Adrian Manuel Huber
"I have been working on Mental Health. It is a lifestyle magazine. My magazine. Another magazine dedicated to the arts and the mind. Poetry, tautology and contradiction. I will present you with some of the material research and editorial decisions at the core of Mental Health. Its philosophy, if you will. For Mental Health, mental health is not an issue. There hasn’t been an issue, yet."
// Aspects of Disorder
What does it mean to have a mental ‘disorder’ opposed to the normative image of society? And how has this changed with time? How can we look at it critically? What stigmata does a mental health diagnose by a professional foster? What influence does medication have on us? Are we afraid of our own vitality?
Our shared interest of understanding mental ‘disorder’ as part of our environment – but outside normative structures – fuels our discussions around a playful curiosity, in interest for acceptance of the other, the unknown and strange, the loss of control and the imbalanced and motivates our wish to communicate the experiences brought about by those discussions.
The aim is to collaboratively engage in different aspects of mental health and the function of emotions through a juxtaposition of theoretical and materialised research.
Was heisst es psychologisch Krank zu sein im Gegensatz zum normativen Bild der Gesellschaft? Wie hat sich dieses Bild zeitlich verändert? Wie können wir dies kritisch betrachten? Was für Stigmata kann durch die Diagnose einer psychischen Krankheit ausgelöst werden? Wie beeinflussen uns Medikamente? Haben wir Angst vor unserer eigenen Lebendigkeit?
Unser gemeinsames Interesse mentale ’Störung’ (engl. disorder) als Teil unseres Umfeldes – aber außerhalb von normativen Strukturen – zu verstehen, fördert unsere Diskussionen um eine spielerische Neugierde, ein Interesse und eine Akzeptanz für das Andere, das Unbekannte, das Aussergewöhnliche, den Kontrollverlust und das Ungleichgewicht zu wecken und motiviert unser Wunsch die Erlebnisse dieser Diskussionen zu kommunizieren.
Das Ziel ist eine gemeinsame Auseinandersetzung verschiedener Aspekten psychischer Gesundheit sowie den Funktionen von Emotionen, durch eine Gegenüberstellung von sowohl theoretischen als auch materiellen, künstlerischen Ansätzen.
// Was bedeutet es psychologisch krank zu sein?, Sara Schaffner, Psychologiestudentin und Sonderschullehrerin
Psychologisch gibt es keine exakte Definition von Krankheit, sie ist immer abhängig bestimmten Normen. In meinem Studium beschäftige ich mich oft mit der Abgrenzung zwischen krank und gesund und stelle dabei immer wieder auch fest, wie wage diese Grenze sein kann. Trotzdem wird diese Linie in unserer Gesellschaft oft sehr klar gezogen und Menschen mit einer Diagnose werden mit der Frage konfrontiert, wie "krank" sie nun sind und auch mit der zum Teil damit verbundenen Ausgrenzung. Kinder in meiner Klasse sind gemäss Berichten oft nicht beschulbar oder in der öffentlichen Schule nicht integrierbar. Auch für sie bedeutet dies eine Ausgrenzung, da sie nicht "normal" funktionieren. Aber was bedeutet das? Was heisst es normal zu sein? Was bedeutet es, psychologisch krank zu sein?
// Leave me alone, I’m Mad, Yael Wicki, Artist
Living with borderline personality disorder is getting to know oneself in a completely new and more precise way. The disease lays itself over the personality known to oneself like a parasite, a filter, whose darkness is depending on the graduation of the illness. What once were reactions I could trust in, changed with this disorder in some situations about 180 degrees, leaving me confused and in doubt about myself, my own actions and reactions. I didn’t recognise myself anymore in my own responses, but they did feel like the only right ones at the time.
Leave me alone, I’m Mad is a performative research into the vocabulary of the imbalance, the loss of control, the irrational.
// 99 Problems, Nils Amadeus Lange, Performer and Choreographer
How does Depression affect my work or how does MY depression affect YOUR work?
// Emotionale Beweglichkeit schenkt Vertrauen ins Leben, Uwe Bening, Dipl. Psychologe, Fachverantwortung Recovery der Stiftung Pro Mente Sana
Ich möchte aufzeigen, wie unsere Gefühle die Grundlage unseres Miteinanders sind. Und wie wir unsere Balance verlieren, wenn wir unsere emotionale Ausdruckfähigkeit verlieren.
Daraus entwickle ich die Hypothese, dass psychotische Krisen eine lebendige Fähigkeit sind, in der Verdrängtes, Vergessenes, Schmerzhaftes, Tabuisiertes chaotisch Ausdruck findet, mit dem Ziel, eine neue innere Balance und Ausdrucksfähigkeit zu gewinnen. Hier zeige ich auf, dass die Wiedergewinnung unserer emotionalen Beweglichkeit neues Vertrauen in die eigene Lebendigkeit schenkt.
// First Steps, //sk*///ohn_e//*~>>, Artist
// Mindfulness and Compassion, Bianca King, Psychotherapist and MSRB-Therapist
Bianca loves guiding and sharing mindfulness practices as way to gently deepen and open our awareness to life. She is known for her light humour and grounding nature, inviting mindfulness practices with an attitude of curiosity and friendship.
Compassion is a powerful expression of relating to our inner and outer relationships. It holds a tender yet powerful expression to life that can be heightened through mindfulness practices.
// Healing Waves, Tim Eimecke, Musician
Guiding through a virtual space, using sinus waves to activate the meta body and creating layers to reconcile with your inner self.