Group Therapy: Mental distress in a Digital Age
- When 20 Sep - 11 Nov 2017
CNR OXFORD ST & GREENS RD PADDINGTON NSW 2021
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In our period of relative global prosperity, instances of anxiety and depression are still astonishingly high. For many the presence of digital technologies is exacerbating this problem, by altering our sense of self and our social relationships.
Meanwhile, other people suggest that technological innovation is a crucial tool for finding new ways to improve the lives of those who experience isolation, illness and emotional distress. Group Therapy: Mental Distress in a Digital Age presents a collection of artworks and research material that explores connections between mental health and the values, political conditions, and technologies that structure our lives.
This is the second iteration of an exhibition originally presented at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), UK.
Curated by Vanessa Bartlett.
The Big Anxiety is a new kind of festival, fostering adventurous collaborations between artists, scientitsts and the broader community to address some of the big challenges in mental health. Generating extra-ordinary insights into ordinary life experiences, the festival invites neurologically and culturally diverse audiences to explore the range of anxieties that permeate contemporary society. Spanning over 20 venues across Greater Sydney, the festival aims to be a transformative force in both arts and health.
UNSW Art & Design will form one of the main festival hubs with four new exciting exhibition venues opening alongside the two major exhibitions in UNSW Galleries: SCIBAR, a responsive environment that changes with the mood of visitors (by Super manoeuvre architects and robotics artists); the travelling Mobile Mood Lab; The Parragirls Memory Project in the 3D immersive EPICentre; and a new project on anxiety in Muslim and migrant communities led by artist Khaled Sabsabi.