A new film by the artist Luke Fowler
The new film considers the legacy of radical psychiatrist R.D. Laing. Following his celebrated 'What You See Is Where You're At' (2001) and 'Bogman Palmjaguar' (2007), this is the third of Fowler's works invested in the reconfiguration of self and society proposed by Laing. "The social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s were spearheaded by the charismatic, guru-like figure of R.D. Laing. In 'The Politics of Experience' (1967) Laing argued that normality entailed adjusting ourselves to the mystification of an alienating and depersonalizing world. Thus, those society labels as 'mentally ill' are in fact 'hyper-sane' travelers, conducting an inner voyage through aeonic time. Looking variously at the media representations of psychiatry and Laing's own shifting viewpoints, the film is constructed equally from archival material and footage of the filmmaker's daily life" (Photo of R.D. Laing (c) John Haynes).