Group Therapy Sydney photo documentation and Artlink essay

The second iteration of the exhibition Group Therapy: Mental Distress in a Digital Age has just closed at UNSW Galleries in Sydney. Presented as part of The Big Anxiety: festival of arts + science + people, this version reshaped the exhibition I originally co-curated with FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in the UK in 2015.

To celebrate the launch of the exhibition, the Asia-Pacific contemporary arts magazine Artlink commissioned me to write this article on three of the works from the show. The Double Bind Effect: Art and Anxiety in a Digital Age explores digital technologies as the cause of — but also the cure for — mental distress, through the works of Erica Scourti, Katriona Beales and Institute for New Feeling.

Here are a small selection of images of the works:

Contextulaizing apps and digital materials. Photo Silversalt
Contextulaizing apps and digital materials. Photo Silversalt

 

Electroconvulsive Therapy Machine (Circa. 1960) and partial view of The Public Secret (2017) by Bonney Djuric, Lily Hibberd and Jenny McNally.Photo Silversalt
Electroconvulsive Therapy Machine (Circa. 1960) and partial view of The Public Secret (2017) by Bonney Djuric, Lily Hibberd and Jenny McNally. Photo Silversalt

 

Positive Reinforcement (2013) by the Institute for New Feeling. Photo Silversalt
Positive Reinforcement (2013) by the Institute for New Feeling. Photo Silversalt

 

Warwuyun (Worry) (2017) by Miyarrka Media pictured alongside White Matter (2015) by Katriona Beales. Photo Silversalt
Warwuyun (Worry) (2017) by Miyarrka Media pictured alongside White Matter (2015) by Katriona Beales. Photo Silversalt

Artists

Katriona Beales (UK)
Richard Bell (Australia)
Dora García (Spain)
Institute for New Feeling (USA)
George Khut (Australia)
Gretta Louw (Germany/Australia)
Melanie Manchot (UK)
Miyarrka Media (Australia)
Lauren Moffatt (Germany/Australia)
Jennifer Kanary Nikolov(a) (Netherlands)
Kate Owens and Neeta Madahar (UK)
Erica Scourti (UK/Greece)
Superflex (Denmark)
Bonney Djuric, Lily Hibberd and Jenny McNally, members of the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Memory Project (Australia)

More images of the exhibition can be downloaded here  Group_Therapy_UNSW_Galleries_Sept_17

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *