How do I perceive a mentally ill person? What disturbs me when I think about madness?
With and without them is a self-portrait, a video document of my dilemmas, doubts, and optimism.
In the form of a video diary, each day after coming out of the hospital, in front of the camera in an improvised studio, I noted down my experience of being and associating with schizophrenic patients of the men’s ward for integral psychiatry. I wanted to talk about the quandaries, the doubts, optimism, prejudices and questions that agitated me in talking with the patients, analyse my own procedures and reactions during these trips to the hospital over a period of three weeks.
The diary video is structured into six subtitles. The viewer can follow six stories concurrently on six screens, in a loop, immersed in a cacophony that requires exceptional attention and effort for an understanding of the contents. During the conversations with the patients I was often in the situation when I had to try to talk with several of them at once, attempting unsuccessfully to shape the chaos of sound into a constructive story.
Produced of the Vrapče Psychiatric Hospital in Zagreb for Festival Extravagant Bodies: Extravagant Minds
(art and body mental health), 2010
Author: Amela Frankl
Camera, editing, postproduction: Miran Krčadinac
Translation: Graham McMaster
Production: Container | Bureau for Contemporary Art Practice, Zagreb