Honours Programme Art and Research

Insanity: A Subversive Experience

Patricia Mascarell, Sophie Wurnig, Wanda Thormeyer, Naomi Veenhoven, Lianne Zwanenberg

An attempt to move beyond clinical definitions and explore everyday insanity and the opaque structures of “normality” against which it is measured. Could these moments of insanity, rather than being understood as obstacles on the path to normality, become a means to subvert the parameters of what is perceived as “normal” in a given context?

What is insanity? How is insanity expressed in behaviour? Is it only considered insanity because it seems different from the norm? Are expressions of insanity related to (different) space(s)? How to deal with restrictions of time and space? How can insanity subvert the space of “normality”?