large group workshop (option 2) at Altrecht during Cultfest


OPTION 1: DEMONSTRATIONS - FESTIVALS, OPEN DAYS, EXHIBITIONS, CONFERENCE


This option is ideal when one wants to provide an audio and visual stunning, engaging activity, to a large group of onlookers without ‘pinning people down’ for a number of hours.


THE WEARABLE: A single wearable, or more, may be used in a culturally responsible festival or exhibition-like situation, where people receive a brief introduction on what to expect and THE WEARABLE’s are worn non-stop in a ‘first come first serve’ demonstration or by list enrollment. Depending on the amount of WEARABLE’s, approximately 4-16 people are able to have the experience per hour (involving 8-32 people per hour) in which pre-trained guides observe and help the wearer, and their designated follower.


THE LABYRINTH: In this option THE LABYRINTH may be entered one by one with 1-2 minute intervals, with no more than 3 people at the same time. Each person will wear a doctor’s jacket, when one person comes out, they may hand the jacket to the next person standing in line. This allows for approximately 30-40 people to experience THE LABYRINTH per hour. In such a setting it is nice to have one guide welcome and introduce the experience and have another guide available at a table where experiences may be shared and discussed. A minimum of three days is required (one build-up and one breakdown day) to exhibit THE LABYRINTH. Please see the list of requirements for more details.

image by THOMAS LENDEN


OPTION 2: LARGE GROUP WORKSHOP – INFORMATION EVENING(s), CONFERENCE DAYS


This option is ideal for a group of 16-20 people who are willing to dedicate two or more hours of their time, in a small symposium setting, in order to have a more in-depth, shared experience, of understanding the subjective experience of psychosis and how to use THE WEARABLE or THE LABYRINTH to do so.


A standard workshop begins with a lecture/presentation that provides general background information on the project. Depending on the audience and the aim of the organizers, the lecture/presentation may have various focal points that either specializes on the art and technology, or the more philosophical context of the research in relation to the importance of imaginative simulation to help understand the subjective experience of psychosis. The workshop then continues with a creative thought experiment that reveals a way to look at ones environment through a psychotic lens and ends with the experience of THE WEARABLE and or THE LABYRINTH.


THE WEARABLE and THE LABYRINTH then function much like OPTION 1 with the added value of discussion and reflection afterwards. A minimum of three days is required (one build-up and one breakdown day) to exhibit THE LABYRINTH. Please see the list of requirements for more details.

















image by THOMAS LENDEN


OPTION 3: SMALL GROUP WORKSHOP - EDUCATIONAL CURRICULUM- EMPATHY AND IMAGINATION TRAINING


This option is ideal for groups of 8 dedicated professionals or students who want to be able to understand psychotic the phenomena that seem impossible to understand. The ‘small group’ workshops begin with a more personal introduction in which participants get to know more about each other. Much like the ‘large group’ workshop, it contains a (specialized) lecture/presentation, with the added value of time and attention for individual needs that comes with a smaller number of people. The ‘small group’ workshop provides a deeper focus on the use of artistic approaches and perspective in understanding the subjective experience of psychosis. The same creative thought experiment of the ‘large group’ workshop is conducted in which one not only receives a ‘knowledge injection’ on how psychotic narratives and behaviours may be born, but also gets to practice creating and experimenting the viewing of ones everyday space through a psychotic lens. In this sense the workshop trains the imagination and explores empathy skills that indirectly may contribute to a better quality of care.


THE WEARABLE and THE LABYRINTH then function much like OPTION 1 with the added value of discussion and reflection afterwards that is more geared to individuals. A minimum of three days is required (one build-up and one breakdown day) to exhibit THE LABYRINTH. Please see the list of requirements for more details.



















THE LABYRINTH being built in a large classroom for healthcare education


OPTION 4: PRIVATE (GROUP) WORKSHOPS AND DEMONSTRATIONS -THERAPEUTIC IMAGINATION


THE WEARABLE: This option is ideal for people who want to specialize on the topic of psychosis simulation or who are interested in the field of augmented reality or artistic research knowledge production. It is particularly ideal for people who want to learn about psychosis in a confidential environment. It is very hard to understand what a person is going through in psychosis. It is particularly hard on friends and family members. Being able to talk about and learn about a persons experience, and open ones imagination, can be emotionally difficult in a (semi-) public setting. Therefor it is possible to receive a more private demonstration, in which THE WEARABLE may be experienced in the family home, among friends in an agreed upon format.


THE LABYRINTH: In rare cases it is possible to experience THE LABYRINTH privately when it is exhibited for a longer period of time, in which exhibition organizers have covered the costs of the exhibition.

 

WORKSHOPS

There are several ways THE WEARABLE and THE LABYRINTH can function and be used