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Switching Perceptions

An image of Eleanor Minney's tapestry

A series of events, workshops and talks that consider whether an understanding of our genes could lead to a better understanding of mental illness.

Created by artist Eleanor Minney and Dr Liz Tunbridge in collaboration with patients from the National Psychosis Unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital, the project will allow visitors to explore perspectives on the mind, brain, subjective experience and the genetic and biological components of psychiatric illness. 

Dissecting the space is Segment of aself, Minney’s textile work which features hundreds of hand drawn ciphers alluding to a person’s holistic sense of self (including relationships, spirituality, illness and more) together with row upon row of genetic markers, only three of which relate to psychotic illness. Minney untangles the fragile threads of the human mind through delicate explorations into what creates a sense of self, and the relationship to psychiatric conditions.

Full schedule below. 

The Think Tank, a conceptual space developed by C.A.S. on the National Psychosis Unit will enable visitors to contribute to the ongoing conversation about these topics and add their thoughts to the Think Tank archive.

Funded by The Royal Society and a University of Oxford Public Engagement Research Seed Award, with additional support from the Bethlem Gallery.

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