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Hallucinated Bodies: Art and its Alphabets in Psychosis

Austen Riggs Center

25 Main St Large Conference Room
StockbridgeMassachusetts 01262
December 5, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Friday Night Guest Lecture

Annie Rogers, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychoanalysis and Clinical Psychology at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and affiliated with the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis in San Francisco and the College of Psychoanalysts in Ireland. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in Ireland, a Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard University, and a Whiting Fellowship at Hampshire College, she is the author of A Shining Affliction (Penguin Viking, 1995), and The Unsayable: The Hidden Language of Trauma (Random House, 2006), as well as many academic articles, memoir, short fiction and poetry. As the current Erikson Scholar at Austen Riggs, she is completing a book on psychosis and a collection of poems.

In this talk Dr. Rogers will explore images of the body made by psychotic artists as new alphabets.  Whatever we can name and recognize of ourselves in language becomes a precursor for what we see and experience about our bodies.  But when language itself changes and comes from voices imposed, the body becomes marked by the problematic of an invasion. The artist makes an expanding projection of unspeakable experience.  As we look, the horizon between the image created and the world experienced comes toward us.  The artists portray what we have not seen before. The body becomes fragmented; it has too many organs or has lost vital organs; it is made transparent; foreign objects control the body; and the body is re-inscribed to support a new universe, a new humanity.  The artists present singular works that speak to any one who wonders about psychosis as a lived experience, anyone who believes in the power of art.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES - At the conclusion of the event the participants will be able to:

  1. identify several distinctive characteristics of psychotic art.
  2. infer bodily experiences from images and psychotic accounts of making art.
  3. explain how art by psychotics responds to hallucination.

This presentation is designed for mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers, with no regular registration fee.


No registration required. For more information contact Alicia Zaludova at 413-931-5230.

2 hours
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