TO THE COUCH!
Installation / Performance, 2003
Seance, Galerie-Projektraum, Cologne, 2003
"BACK TO THE COUCH!" is a staged psychotherapeutic practice, which
deals with the particular mental
problems relating to
art consuption or production, here
to as 'art
traumata'. For their treatment was
'developed' the special therapeutic
method called - Liegetherapie (Lying-Down-Therapy).
project was first presented during the Open Days of the Academy of
Media Art, Cologne (Galerie-
Projektraum, July 2003), and then at the Art Cologne 2003.
to the Couch!” at the Art Cologne 2003
TO THE COUCH!" has reproduced the common setting of
an 'ideal typical' psychotherapeutic
practice, with the slight intervention of elements of parody. The practice consisted
of the common
waiting room and therapeutic room. All the functional and decorative objects
in the installation were
in some way related to the topic of lying down.
room, Galerie-Projektraum, Cologne, 2003
waiting room was supposed to provide the visitor with a conceptual
introduction into the discourse
of Lying-Down-Therapy. A film shown on a monitor "Lying Down
Art. From Lying Down in Art to
the Art of Lying Down" presented the theme of lying down in
contemporary art. Moreover, the room was
decorated in a specific way. In all the pictures hanging on the walls
- reproductions of famous paintings
by Goya, Boucher, Sanyo - reclining naked women are to be seen. All
the small statues were also
directly related to this subject: figures of a lying down Buddha,
antique goddess etc. The visitor could
even listen to the "Conversations with Psychoanalysts about Art
and Lying Down" - sound recordings
of the real 'pilot sesions'
session, Art Cologne 2003
the therapeutic room, which evoked the classical Freudian setting
with couch, visitors could have
sessions where they had the opportunity to talk about all their
art related psychological problems,
irritations, positive and negative experiences, etc. Paradoxically,
being an art project, this fake practice
nevertheless maintained a real psychotherapeutic function as the
visitors used this opportunity
to discuss their issues within the 'therapeutic' ambient.