Narrenturm: Tower of Fools: Still in Vienna, though we are getting the train to Berlin tomorrow. Here is a wee sneak of a drawing of a lovely lithograph from 1796 in a book about how there are no fools (crazies) in Vienna. If you look closely you can see them in the windows and one creeping out the door. Although things worked out quite differently in the tower than we had anticipated it´s an amazing amazing place and it houses some fascinating specimens and the marks of many tragic lives.
Madness manifest though hair: In two weeks Nadja, Joachim and I are off for a week of research, work and talking at the Narrentürm (tower of fools) in Vienna.
As sad as it is that Darwin thought madness could be illustrated through this woman’s hair, it does make you think about how differently mental health issues would be considered if they were more physically manifest. It’s very difficult to empathize with something you cannot see or relate to. This is sort of the basic root of what I’m thinking about for this project.
Just a wee picture from outside Freud’s house in London. Nadja and I had a lovely rainy day visit poring over all of his many many antiquities and books. A very sophisticated hoarder of sorts. So many little figures and statuettes. They took up so much space on his desk that there was hardly any space left for his papers. It did remind me somewhat of being small and tucking all of my toys into the bed and then having no room left for myself and bedding down on the floor. I didn’t even really love or fear most of my toys, so I still don’t completely understand why I did this. Maybe just to create order. He used to greet some of them or touch different ones depending on the topics… maybe it was just how he remembered things. Instead of a mnemonic device, a tangible object representation… or a physical synesthesia linked not to his other senses but to his readings.