‘Crafting Narrative’ introduces poetic thinking as an alternative healing tool from anxiety.
Italian theorist Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi says;
the poetical act is a revelation of a possible sphere of experience not yet experienced (that is to say, the experienceable).
This installation invites the audience to experience the healing power of poetic thinking, by following the artist’s own journey of poetic discovery and emotional recovery. Eriko developed her workshop ‘Sensory Multimodal Workshop; Space as Medium, Poetic Thinking as A tool’, as a way to share with others her own introspective exploration of poetry as a therapy for anxiety. In the workshop, participants are invited to develop a mindful approach to their own perceptions of the physical environment, and to communicate their experiences with the rest of the group. The workshop unfolds as a triple process of observation, visualization and discussion. Working in collaborating with psychologists in Japan and Australia, she has developed a method of somatic thinking through poetry, which, by activating a mutual connection between the internal and external spaces of one’s own body, allows the practitioner to deconstruct traumatic narratives of anxiety and to shape them into new narratives.
Special thanks to Yoko Arai, Clinical Psychologist(JP) and Lutza Ireland, Psychologist(AU)
Nominated to Helen Hamlyn Design Awards 2019
Photo creadit; Courtesy Korean Cultural Centre UK. Photograph by Dan Weill.