Cinema and Psychosis


17 March 2013
Cinema 1

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Cinema and Psychosis is a pan-European group of film theorists, filmmakers, psychiatrists, psychologists and neuropsychologists that pioneers research into the interface between film and psychiatry.

Today’s event marks the launch of The Institute of Inner Vision, an initiative that places cinema at the centre of an exploration of the subjective experience of psychosis. Its objectives are to use film as the medium in the convergence of scientific knowledge with artistic perception, to generate medical insights and to celebrate the visionary work of filmmakers with direct experience of mental health issues.

Founded within the London College of Communication at the University of the Arts London, the Institute aims to run film training courses for, while at the same time learning from, people with experience of psychosis. We thereby hope to explore and spread knowledge about the true diversity of the inner life. The first short films commissioned by The Institute of Inner Vision will screen at today’s event.

Event curated by Sal Anderson, with thanks to the Wellcome Trust and The London College of Communication at the University of the Arts London.

Introduction – Cinema as Delusion

Film spectatorship and ‘madness’
Speakers: Professor Ian Christie (Birkbeck College, University of London), Peter Matthews (London College of Communication, University of the Arts London).

1st presentation – A Medical Perspective

Psychiatric and neurological knowledge of psychosis
Clinical representation in cinema
Speakers: Dr Vaughan Bell ( King's College, London University) , Dr Charles Fernyhough (Durham University, Director of Hearing the Voice).

2rd Presentation – Inner States of Being

The Subjective Experience and Representation of Psychosis
Speakers: Professor Murray Smith (University of Kent), Professor Ian Christie and Peter Matthews.

3rd Presentation – New Visionaries

Screening of specially commissioned micro films by filmmakers with experience of psychosis
to launch the Institute of Inner Vision at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. Commissioned films introduced by filmmakers Gregory Hilton and Dolly Sen.

Part of Wonder: Art and Science on the Brain
A season to light up the mind, in partnership with the Wellcome Trust.

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