In arts the purpose lies not in understanding or interpretation, but rather in affecting the nerves: art is sensation and nothing else, it acts immediately upon the flesh, rather than through the intermediary of the brain which is closer to the bone.
In the video project Closer to you a woman tells to her son how the diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder affected & emprisoned her for years and how she tries to escape that emprisonement. The combination between image, voice and music creates an intense visual and auditory game that carries away the spectator into the sensation of how it feels, as a Deleuzian ‘dividu’, to get stuck into the rigid unity of a centralised story and how difficult it is to create lines of flights to others territorries of living.
The video project Closer to you was co-created by Patricia Goemaere & Jasmina Sermijn. The video project was sponsored by the Taos Institute and was part of Jasmina’s academic work on the effects of psychiatric diagnosis on identity construction.
For the project Voi(c)es we invited outsider witnesses to watch the video Closer to you and to share with us how the story of this woman ‘affects their nerves’. This resulted in a polyphonic interplay of different voices, all of them talking & reflecting about possible effects of being diagnosed.
The project Voi(c)es was co-created by Jasmina Sermijn & Robert Van Hennik, with the help of Thomas Eyskens who did the montage of the images.