On Madness, Sanitation, Antipsychiatry and Resistance
A research, performance and exhibition project in multiple chapters
Symposium during the Venice Biennial 10.05.2019
A symposium on Art and Neuroscience in collaboration with the Association of Neuroesthetics
Gnaoua Festival in Essaouira 20.–22.06. 2019
where we will be investigating “ultrasanity” from the perspective of spirituality and healing, focusing on the figures of the historical carriers, on dance, sound and knowledge in sound, to understand how the spiritually weak, possessed and so-called mad are healed through the performance of music and ritual practices.
Biennale de Lubumbashi #6 14.–15.11.2019
Two days of Invocations, focusing and addressing primarly the notion and the space of the Cordon Sanitaire, in collaboration with Picha Art Lubumbashi and Sammy Baloji
Exhibition in Berlin
Opening 14.12.2019 19:00
15.12.2019–26.01.2020 Thurs–Sun 14:00–19:00
Ultrasanity. On Madness, Sanitation, Antipsychiatry and Resistance is not meant to be a romanticization of madness or mental illness, but an effort to reconsider and challenge the notion of madness and the stigmas labelled on the so-called mad. The aim of the project is to move beyond insanity as the opposite of sanity, and imagine a space beyond what is understood as sane, i.e. ultrasanity.
This research, performance and exhibition project, will take up the challenge of exploring contemporary concepts and forms of cross– and trans-cultural psychoanalyses and psychiatry beyond a Western rationalization, but situated within the context of the coloniality and colonial subjugation, racialisation, patriarchal oppression and objectification. Through the medium of exhibitions, performances, invocations and publications, the project will deliberate on the different trajectories through which psychopathologies, especially but not limited to the non-Western, could be understood. In this effort, we will explore the philosophical notions of ‘bios’ and personhood within different societies, cogitate on how they unfold concepts of madness and integrate or discharge the mentally stable or unstable within their societies.
Essentially, the project demands a reconsideration of the concept of madness as ultrasanity, reflect on the relationship between sanitation and sanity as constructs. We will look at the construction of madness as othering process, madness as, on the one hand result of suppressions of all sorts, but on the other hand space of resistance to oppressions. This project will allow us to look at the gendered, classed and racialised motors that produce and frame what is called madness and mental insanity.
We will concern ourselves with a possibility of liberating madness from the stigmas that have come to connote it, without romanticization.
CuratorS Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Elena Agudio
In collaboration with Kelly Krugman
PROJECT TEAM Abhishek Nilamber, Jörg-Peter Schulze, Lili Somogyi
Managment Lema Sikod, Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock
Communications Anna Jäger
GRAPHIC DESIGN Elsa Westreicher
Ultrasanity is a continuation of our longterm investigation THE INVENTION OF SCIENCE. It is a collaboration of SAVVY Contemporary with ifa Gallery Berlin, Association of Neuroesthetics (AoN Berlin), Picha Art Lubumbashi and the Gnaoua Festival in Essaouira. The project is funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes), the Foundation of Arts Initiative, and Association of Neuroesthetics (AoN Berlin).