San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
On the evening of the 25th July author and social commentator Will Self will give a free public talk, responding to the theme of urban psychosis.
To provide you with some context to this event, here is an extract from advanced publicity for the exhibition.
Admission is by ticket only
MAXIMUM, 2 TICKETS PER PERSON
14.07.14 - 22.08.14
Open Monday - Friday 10am - 4.30pm
Thursdays late opening until 7pm
John Baldessari – Matthew Buckingham – Sophie Calle – Marc Camille Chaimowicz - Moyra Davey – Luke Fowler – Gillian Wearing – Catherine Yass
The modern city has frequently been identified through its intensity - a busy and bustling environment of potentially creative and productive activity. For the spectator, this intensity can also tip over into a state in which reality is temporarily obscured. It is this finely balanced state which the exhibition explores, the condition of urban psychosis is presented as a recurring theme, a shadow which continues to haunt the city.
When Georg Simmel was writing 'The Metropolis and Mental Life' in 1903, there was a sense in which the work was drawing on the idea of the modern city as a recently formed phenomenon. It suggested that inhabitants needed to take on a more 'blasé' stance in order to avoid overstimulation. The notion of the city as a potential threat to individual balance and perceived 'normality' could also be seen in work of writers such as Walter Benjamin and Siegfried Kracauer - that is, narratives which explore the effect of 'estrangement'. In writing about the contemporary city (110 years after Georg Simmel) Will Self has noted that the feelings produced from negotiating the spaces of the city might be seen as being similar to that of a 'clinically defined psychotic state'. This might suggest that psychosis is not just caused by a failure to adapt to change, but is a by-product of the city in its everyday mode of existence
Read more at: http://www.holdengallery.mmu.ac.uk/2014/urbanpsychosis
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Clive Parkinson, Director, Arts for Health
Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University is the UK's longest established arts and health organisation. With specialism in research, advocacy and development it is working with a range of partners to better understand the impact of creativity, culture and the arts on health and well-being and the inequalities that stand in the way of public health and cultural access.