Greetings from the psychiatric survivors liberation movement.
If any art installations are interested in exchanging ideas with me, let me know.
I'm with MindFreedom, we mainly work on human rights of people in the mental health system.
We also have several people, myself included who are building bridges between various communities, such as Burning Man. Some are already burners. Others bridge the Oregon Country Fair and Burning Man communities. One MindFreedom activist -- Ron Unger (a mental health counselor) -- goes way back to early Cacaphony Society days.
And me? I've spent the last 28 years in the independent social change movement, working for human rights. For instance, I've helped organize about ten theatrical nonviolent protests in front of the American Psychiatric Association, which is always fun.
So what, you might ask, would some folks labeled "psychotic" have to add to an art theme related to the mind?
Well, those who have 'recovered' despite being labeled mad may have something to offer a planet that is slowly discovering it is indeed mad, and is not quite sure what to do about that....
Something I'd personally love to discuss are a few ideas that might playfully dovetail with someone else's art installation ideas that are brewing out there.
I'll just post a bit on my personal ideas... and see if that's intriguging to anyone.
Yeah, that's a mouthful.
Briefly, complexity theory, ancient wisdom and experience reveal that to live, to exist, to think, to be is inherently on the edge between chaos and order, 24/7 womb to tomb.
What is called "psychotic" is one of the most widely feared states in so-called "modern" society. But it may in fact be one of the most basic and universal of human experiences, perhaps explaining why the so-called rationalistic modern society may want to claim a monopoly.
And gaiamind? You, me, planet... what mind are we creating together?
Personally, I've been informed on this by a burner who has an alternative collegeon complexity theory, Alder Fuller. See his web site on complexity theory, etc. at http://www.prototista.org.
Also, for twenty years I've been involved in Oregon Country Fair, and as I said know some of the folks in the OCF Burning Man camp (I'm in Community Village at OCF in Doors of Expression).
I'm also in the Chaordic Alliance.
And MindFreedom itself? We are rooted in the 34 year old psychiatric survivors' movement, though open to the public.
You can read about us at http://www.MindFreedom.org.
What could I add by exchanging ideas about Burning Man 2005?
I'm not sure, but perhaps something could emerge.
In the past:
We have had a Heal Normality campaign for example. If normality is so great, why is it wrecking the environment?
We now have a Mad Pride campaign, which began in London a few days ago, and is mainly celebrated in Toronto, New York State, Oregon Country Fair, and a few other places at the moment.
If you do go to MindFreedom, a good media article that sums up my work, and our group, and our movement, is the LA TIMES SUNDAY MAGAZINE article about me. You can get to that link on our home page at http://www.MindFreedom.org, or go to ABOUT US, and then click on ABOUT THE DIRECTOR, and you can find the article and some biographical info about me.
Well, that was supposed by brief.
I'll just sum it up by saying our mission statement includes a nonviolent revolution of freedom of the mind....
David Oaks, Director, MindFreedom