Canadian Artist working in Art + Medicine
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Speculative Psychiatry in the Anthropocene

2019-Present

In development work with Dan Harvey—Our work, gathered under the title “Solastalgia,” engages with the problems of imagining, and hence of representing, the Anthropocene. Because of its double scalar shift—at once too big and too small, spatially, and too slow, temporally, to be easily grasped—the problems heralded by the term can too easily elude the human scale. In these works, part of an ongoing project on Speculative Psychology, we seek to represent some of the psychic and affective dimensions—feelings of anxiety, of being out-of-place or out-of-time, and so on—that our generation and those that follow us cannot avoid. Through large-scale photography, digitally altered video and sound installation, we hope to create a space that compels the viewer to imagine the coming estrangement of climate dyscorpia.

For writing on these ideas see co-written works:

Solastalgia: Body, psyche, Anthropocene

“Like watching a movie”: Notes on the possibilities of art in the Anthropocene

On the aesthetics of rendering 

Video installation shot in Mississauga, ON in 2019.

Video installation shot in Mississauga, ON in 2019.

Below is a collection of ideas.

Where the radiation people rest

Where the radiation people rest

Installation shot at La Ira de Dios in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Initial test footage from Yellow Fever Graves and Post-Cyclone Bombs.

Installation shot at La Ira de Dios in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Initial test footage from Yellow Fever Graves and Post-Cyclone Bombs.

Cementerio de la Chacarita in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is the largest cemetery in Argentina, created after a yellow fever outbreak in 1871. Paired in a diptych with post-cyclone bomb footage in Upstate New York, January 2018. 

Cementerio de la Chacarita in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is the largest cemetery in Argentina, created after a yellow fever outbreak in 1871. This is a clip of a 4.5-hour video merged into a diptych with the cyclone-bomb footage. (1 frame per second)

Averill Park, New York, USA. Post-cyclone bomb January, 2018.