26 July –
20 September 2003
WHAT YOU SEE IS WHERE YOU’RE AT
What you see is where you’re at is a film by the Glasgow-based artist, Luke Fowler.
The documentary is based on the ‘Kingsley Hall’ experiment (Philadelphia Association 1965-1969), and the ‘anti-psychiatry’ initiatives of the Scottish psychoanalyst and 60’s writer R.D. Laing. This social experiment consisted in breaking down the established norms of ‘treatment’ for people under-going severe mental distress or breakdown. In Kingsley Hall the pre-conceived hierarchy of doctor-patient relations was dismantled, henceforth no one was encouraged to act out the roles of ‘doctors’ or ‘patients’.
The film is a collage of ‘found’ and archived sound/film recordings, providing an insight into the experiences of the residents at Kingsley Hall, re-appraising its relevance to our contemporary society of oppressive psychiatry and multi-national pharmaceutical companies.
What you see is where you’re at is presented courtesy of The Modern Institute. It is presented as part of the Free Association series of exhibitions and projects at Spacex, exploring the relationship of art and psychoanalysis.
18 September 2003
LEON REDLER, writer, psychotherapist and ex-resident of Kingsley Hall
in conversation with
JEREMY HOLMES, writer, psychotherapist and psychiatrist
LUKE FOWLER, artist