A new commission for The Big Anxiety: festival of arts + science + people
Clive Parkinson’s (UK) powerful performance-presentation, dis/ordered is a moving exploration of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), fuelled by the conviction that what psychiatry describes as ‘disorder’, may in fact be a legitimate response to the chaos of life.
dis/ordered is part personal reflection – returning to an impoverished seaside town to make sense of the unbearable. The performance also brings to light the authentic voices of people affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), questioning diagnosis and exploring the ways in which people make sense of seemingly intrusive rituals and behaviour.
Saturday 23 September 2–3pm &
Wednesday 27 September 6.30–7.30pm
$8 MCA Members and Concessions*
Veolia Lecture Theatre, Level 2
This talk will be Auslan interpreted
*Concession: Tertiary/TAFE/ESL Students with photo ID, Senior’s Card holders, Unemployed/Concession Card holders, Nava card holders
Co-presented by the MCA and the Big Anxiety Festival
For those interested in further discussion of the work, on 23rd September only, the performance lecture will be followed by a separate facilitated discussion using the Visual Matrix method. An innovation of the Psycho-Social Research Unit at the University of Central Lancashire, the Visual Matrix is designed to capture emotional and conceptual responses to complex experiences, (in this case, relating to the subject of OCD) using visual material as a stimulus.
This Visual Matrix discussion is open to anyone attending the performance-presentation. We are particularly interested in participants with lived experience of OCD and other mental health conditions. As limited places are available, please register to attend here.
About the artist
Clive Parkinson is the Director of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University, a specialist research unit that explores the relationship between creativity, culture, the arts and health. He is Reader in Arts, Health & Social Justice at the Manchester School of Art and a founding member of the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing. He is currently involved in research around dementia and recovery from substance misuse, and is in a long-term collaboration with partners in Lithuania. Clive regularly blogs at: http://artsforhealthmmu.blogspot.co.uk/
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Image: Clive Parkinson, Lucky Kitty, manipulated found object, 2017 image courtesy and @ the artist.