Radio Schreber, Soliloques for Schziophonic voices investigates the recurring theme of ‘hearing voices’ in sonic and literary works by paying homage to Daniel Paul Schreber’s Memoirs of My Nervous Illness. Written in 1903 during his second mental illness at Sonnenstein Public asylum, the Memoirs detail an alternate delusional world famously analysed by Freud in his Psycho-analytic Notes on An Autobiographical account of a case of paranoia (Dementia Paranoides) published in 1911. For the centenary of Schreber’s death (and Freud’s Psychoanalytic Notes), a sound performance by artist Richard Crow will give voice to Schreber’s visionary text through a specially created composition that will be premiered at the Freud Museum London. As a continuation of his project, Imaginary Hospital Radio, Richard Crow will work in collaboration with sound-poet Gabriel Séverin in exploring a sonic tableaux of phantasmic and disembodied voices embedded in the text as well as in its physical and imaginary locations inhabited by Schreber.
Presented by Sound Threshold. Curated by Lucia Farinati with the assistance of Rita Correddu.
Recorded by Colin Potter.