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October 22, 2019 from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Unreason is Reason Dazzled

with Phoebe Eustance

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“…we must understand it not as reason diseased, or as reason lost or alienated, but quite simply as reason dazzled.” – Michel Foucault

This lecture performance will look at the active role of art as a record of, and material witness to, changing perceptions of mental health through history and culture. Borrowing from diverse voices, the event will centre around three artworks in mental health institutes and explore how their presence and permanence can give agency and alternate meaning to ensuing events. The focus will be on a mid-20th century fresco located in a former psychiatric hospital in Arezzo, Italy and two works created through Hospital Rooms by a patient and artist respectively.

Programmed by Phoebe Eustance, Hospital Rooms Project Coordinator