Listening Session III
Radio Schreber, Soliloques for Schziophonic voices

Richard Crow (UK)

Curated by Lucia Farinati with the assistance of Rita Correddu

The Freud Museum, London, 20 April 2011

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Radio Schreber, Soliloques for Schziophonic voices investigated the recurring theme of 'hearing voices' in sonic and literary works by paying homage to Daniel Paul Schreber's Denkwürdigkeiten einen Nervenkranken (Memoirs of My Nervous Illness). Written during his second mental illness at Sonnenstein Public asylum and published in 1903, the Memoirs detail and map 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 Psycho-analytic Notes), a sound performance by artist Richard Crow gave voice to Schreber's visionary text through a specially created composition that premiered at the Freud Museum, London.
As a continuation of his project Imaginary Hospital Radio, Richard Crow has explored a sonic tableaux of phantasmic and disembodied voices embedded in the text as well as in its physical and imaginary locations inhabited by Schreber.

Phantasmic voices of Radio Schreber: Richard Crow, Gabriel Séverin, Anna Teresa Scheer, Nick Couldry, Adam Bohman, Douglas Park and others who remain obscure and unknown...

The event was followed by a conversation between Richard Crow, Lucia Farinati and Ivan Ward, Deputy Director of The Freud Museum.

The event was recorded by Colin Potter.

A podcast of the conversation is available on iTunes:
http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-freud-museum-london/id427403957

 

Richard Crow, Radio Schreber (Excerpt)

  • Daniel Paul Schreber, 'Memoirs of My Nervous Illness', display of Sigmund Freud's personal copy of the book, The Freud Museum, London, 20 April 2011 (photo by Annalisa Sonzogni)
  • Richard Crow, The Freud Museum, London, April 2011 (photo by Annalisa Sonzogni)
  • Lucia Farinati and Ivan Ward, The Freud Museum, London, 20 April 2011, (photo by Rita Correddu)
  • Rita Correddu, Richard Crow and Colin Potter, 20 April 2011, The Freud Museum (photo by Annalisa Sonzogni)
  • Rita Correddu and Richard Crow, The Freud Museum, London, 20 April 2011 (photo by Annalisa Sonzogni)
  • Lucia Farinati introducing 'Radio Schreber, Soliloques for Schziophonic voices', The Freud Museum, London, 20 April 2011 (photo by Annalisa Sonzogni)
  • Richard Crow, 'Radio Schreber, Soliloques for Schziophonic voices' slide projection, The Freud Museum, London, 20 April 2011 (photo by Annalisa Sonzogni)
  • Richard Crow, 'Radio Schreber, Soliloques for Schziophonic voices' slide projection, The Freud Museum, London, 20 April 2011, (photo by Annalisa Sonzogni)
  • Richard Crow, 'Radio Schreber, Soliloques for Schziophonic voices',  Electric Blanket (Medical Engraving), manipulated image for projection, April 2011
  • Richard Crow, 'Radio Schreber, Soliloques for Schziophonic voices', Daniel Paul Schreber and his adopted daughter, Fridoline, ca. 1906, manipulated image for projection, April 2011
  • Richard Crow, 'Radio Schreber, Soliloques for Schziophonic voices', Portrait of Moritz Schreber, ca. 1855. manipulated image for projection, April 2011
  • Richard Crow, 'Radio Schreber, Soliloques for Schziophonic voices', Leipzig-Dösen Mental Hospital (Illustration, ca. 1910), manipulated image for projection, April 2011
  • Richard Crow, 'Radio Schreber, Soliloques for Schziophonic voices' slide projection, The Freud Museum, London, 20 April 2011 (photo by Annalisa Sonzogni)
  • Richard Crow, 'Radio Schreber, Soliloques for Schziophonic voices', audience view, The Freud Museum, London, 20 April 2011, (photo by Annalisa Sonzogni)