The Freud Museum

Events Archive

29 September 2015

The Philadelphia Association - 50 years - a celebration

Join us for an evening of performance marking the 50th anniversary of The Philadelphia Association.

6.45pm - Drinks reception, weather permitting in Freud's garden

6.45pm - Tea served as part of Mental in the hall

7.15pm – Introduction to the event by the Chair of the PA, Lucy King


Durational - The Violinist is Present - Abraham Brody

7.30pm – Mental - the vacuum cleaner (limited space - FULLY BOOKED )

8.45pm – Addendum - Sharon Gal


Mental - the vacuum cleaner

The Metropolitan Police call him a Domestic Extremist. The NHS have described him as ‘highly disturbed’ and labelled him with Borderline Personality Disorder. ‘A real and present threat to the safe running of our lawful business’ is how E.ON described him at the Royal Courts of Justice.
He prefers the term Mental.

After 10 years of being an outlaw and inpatient, artist activist ‘the vacuum cleaner’ presents an autobiographical performance told through his psychiatric records, police intelligence files and corporate injunctions collected through the Data Protection Act.

This show contains material some may find challenging, and is not suitable for people under the age of 16.

Addendum - Sharon Gal

The new audio-visual composition, Addendum, was commissioned by the PA for its 50th anniversary and will be premiered at the Freud Museum in September.
The piece is an imaginary, artistic collaboration with R D Laing, relating to his writings and inspired by his voice and presence online. It’s a musical dialogue across time and space. An evocative jigsaw, bringing together segments of recordings, images, fractured phrases, text and vocal expressions, creating new meanings and emerging as a rich tapestry of haunted memories, shimmering colours and sounds.

The Violinist is Present - Abraham Brody

This performance is an exploration of the powerful energy between performer and public, the main goal being to give the public an active role in the performance. Abraham Brody invites members of the public to sit in front of him, one at a time, and he will create musical improvisations based on what he sees in their eyes. When sitting in front of the violinist, the public is encouraged to keep eye contact with him at all times.

This performance brings both the public and Performer fully into the present moment, allowing the public to become aware of their current inner emotions. The creation of this work goes two ways, The violinist improvising in response to what he sees in the public's eyes, the public affected and changed by the music, creating an ever evolving process and a spontaneous musical piece unique to each moment.

The energy transmitted from the public sustains the violinist in his musical creations. The longer the public remains in the space, and the more focused attention they bring to the present moment, the more they actively control the dialogue between the violinist and themselves.

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