PhDO 7
Jennifer Kanary BY

PhDO 7: Labyrinth Psychotica

What is it like to be in psychosis? Within the trajectory of an artistic research PhD, our former artist in residence Jennifer Kanary has explored several psychosis simulation projects and analyzed them against the descriptions of those with experience of psychosis. Friday November 30, we dedicate the network event PhDO entirely to her project Labyrinth Psychotica.

In recent years, there have been several psychosis simulators that have been developed as teaching and awareness environments for mental health workers, police and students. These multi-media projects aim to help professionals become more empathic towards their patients, as well as help friends and families to better understand what their loved ones are going through. But there is room for improvement in the design of these projects.

Jennifer Kanary’s research has led to the project Labyrinth Psychotica in which not only area's of improvement are proposed, but are manifested in artistic research results, by allowing a person to investigate the question: 'What is it like to be in psychosis?' in the form of do-it-yourself-psychosis-kit experiences: The Wearable and The Labyrinth. The Wearable is an interactive augmented Reality Cinema walk and The Labyrinth is a Multimedia Interactive Labyrinth walk. Both projects use cutting edge technology to simulate different aspects of psychotic experiences such as audio and visual hallucinations, as well as disorientation in time and space and loss of sense of self.

About PhDO
PhDO is a network event for artists, designers and people working in research and development, aiming to get a realistic insight in the process of preparing, applying and carrying out research in the creative sector. Participants share experience and present research results to a relevant audience. Friday November 30, we organize a special event entirely dedicated to the work of our former artist in residence Jennifer Kanary.

13:00 - 16:00 hrs
Studio visit: Jennifer set-up the installation Labyrint Psychotica and you are invited to experience the wearable.

16:00 - 17:00 hrs
Presentation from Jennifer Kanary about the research trajectory; the outcomes and the process. Beside she’ll invite the technicians to elucidate the technology behind both projects and her students from the faculty of interaction design at the HKU/KMT to explain their role in the research trajectory.

17:00 - 18:00 hrs
Discussion and Q&A with public and experts in the field of mental health, science and art.

18:00 - 19:00 hrs
Drinks and talks 

Friday 30 November 2012
13.00 - 19.00 hrs

Pick-UP theatre

The Wearable and The Labyrinth are financed by Corporate Citizenship Trust Fund Johnson & Johnson in consortium with Fonds Psychische Gezondheid.





Pick-UP theatre, NSDM, Amsterdam