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Institute for Advanced Study Presents

Annie Rogers: Incandescent Alphabets: Language Transformations and Art in Psychosis (IAS Thursdays)

10/18/18, 3:30 PM

About this event

Language changes in psychosis. Words become the floating signifiers of a mad Other who takes up a place in speech. Speech elements connect to nothing, have no meaning whatsoever, and disrupt the meaning that was unfolding. These elements, whether heard or spoken, are foreign to the speaker, and create a profound sense of disorder with respect to speaking. She cannot find her place in language. He questions if his thoughts are actually his, and concludes they are not. How is it possible then to orientate oneself in language once language becomes a puzzling body of signs, bewildering signs without a code or key? In response to the experience of language derailed, artists in psychosis make clocks, calendars, numbers, music, and scripts, the infinite unfolding of codes. The images of these artists attest to a work of repair through what I call “incandescent alphabets,” a new orientation in time, space and language.

SUGGESTED READING: "A Lacanian perspective on psychotic hallucinations" by Stijn Vanheule

Cosponsored by the Narrative/Medicine Research and Creative Collaborative and the Departments of Art, Psychology, Psychiatry, English, Writing Studies and Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences.
Event Location
  • Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop
  • 84 Church St SE
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA - United States