Submissions for the founding event.......
As part of a controversial series of debates and exhibitions this event will build on escalating subversion of previous attempts to deride contemporary artists and people with mental disorder. In 1937 this was attempted by showing work together under a banner of degenerate art, but in 2009 we will produce art exhibitions under the banner of Regenerate Art.
Lisa K Samoto from the contemporary art gallery T1+2 will curate the works of living artists. Several of those exhibiting will have previously shared that they have used mental health services, but there will be no attempts to re-categorise creativity as pathology. Instead we will celebrate the potential positive and productive outcomes of adverse and unusual mental experiences, whatever the person’s artistic or mental health status.
Opening on June 10th and lasting 3months, part 1 of the exhibtion will be named 'This House' in reference to the debate motion taking place on the same night and romantic inclusive ideals embodied by the notion of us all living under one roof with a sense of shared responsibility to each other. It will take place in the Institute Of Psychiatry Gallery and will exhibit the works of more or less underground artists who are partly self selected by having shared in previous exhibtions that they have mental health problems.
Part 2 will begin in september in the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre (MRC) and also last for 3 months. It will evolve more organically, including artists who do not share that they have mental health problems. Performance and seminars are likely to be incorporated.
A further free and public Maudsley Debate will be taking place at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London on June 10th 2009. Mental health researchers and service user champions will battle out the ancient debate about whether or not mental disorder enhances creativity. Can there be genius without ‘madness’?
This founding project is being developed by the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, Stand To Reason and Lisa K Samoto. Thank you for previously exhibiting your art and thanks for all interest in advance.
We look forward to welcoming people to participate in this exciting project and joining the debate at the Institute of Psychiatry. If this interests you we would like you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa K Samoto, Co-director, T1+2 Gallery
Antonella Surdi, IOP Gallery curator & Communications Officer, IOP, Kings College
Dr Jonathan Hurlow, Year 2 Trainee in Psychiatry, SLAM
T1+2 Gallery: www.t12artspace.com
Stand To Reason: www.standtoreason.org.uk/home
Maudsley Debates, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College:www.iop.kcl.ac.uk/departments/?locator=13
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