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BACK TO THE COUCH!
Liegetherapeutic Art Pracice
Installation / Performance, 2003

Liegetherapeutic 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 referred to as 'art traumata'. For their treatment was
'developed' the special therapeutic method called - Liegetherapie (Lying-Down-Therapy).

The 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.

“Back to the Couch!” at the Art Cologne 2003

"BACK 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.

Therapeutic room, Galerie-Projektraum, Cologne, 2003

The 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' with psychoanalysts.

Liegetherapeutic session, Art Cologne 2003

In 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.