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WJT Mitchell, Mental Travel - Book Launch and Reading

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Presentation of "Mental Traveler: A Father, a Son, and a Journey Through Schizophrenia" by WJT Micthell

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W. J. T. Mitchell is best known for his books on visual culture, media, and politics. This memoir of his gifted son’s twenty year struggle with schizophrenia documents the ways in which Gabriel Mitchell used a variety of arts and media to transform his mental disorder from an affliction into an educational experience. This event will include a short film about Gabriel’s work as an artist made by his sister, Carmen Mitchell, and a reading from the memoir of his life by his father.

Sculptor Antony Gormley will join the presentation, to talk about his work The Infinite Cube, inspired by a Gabriel Mitchell's idea.

"Gabriel Mitchell was diagnosed with schizophrenia at age twenty-one and died by suicide eighteen years later. He left behind a remarkable archive of creative work and a father determined to honor his son’s attempts to conquer his own illness. Before his death, Gabe had been working on a film that would show madness from inside and out, as media stereotype and spectacle, symptom and stigma, malady and minority status, disability and gateway to insight. He was convinced that madness is an extreme form of subjective experience that we all endure at some point in our lives, whether in moments of ecstasy or melancholy, or in the enduring trauma of a broken heart. Gabe’s declared ambition was to transform schizophrenia from a death sentence to a learning experience, and madness from a curse to a critical perspective. " (from the UChicago Press page for the book)

For Prof. WJT Mitchell personal page, see here

ZOOM details will be shared after registration. A code will be released to attendees to order the book with a 30% promotional discount.

For further information please email Federica Mazzara (University of Westminster): f.mazzara@westminster.ac.uk

Watch below an interview with WJT Mitchell and Antony Gormley about The Infinite Cube.

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