Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

5-8-2024 1:00 PM

End Date

5-8-2024 3:00 PM

Subjects

Video Installations (Art), Mental Health Education

Advisor

Julie Perini

Student Level

Undergraduate

Abstract

"Mindspace" is an autobiographical art exhibition aimed at raising awareness about Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) through a multi-sensory experience. The exhibition combines sculpture, lights, sound, and video projection to immerse viewers in the intricate emotional landscape of C-PTSD. Through a series of sculptural installations and carefully curated lighting and audio, visitors are invited to explore the internal world of an artist affected by C-PTSD and learn how it differs from PTSD and other types of mental health issues.

“Mindspace" incorporates specially composed soundscapes that offer an intimate look into the artist’s thoughts and memories, which range from spoken word poetry about the complexities of healing to ambient meditations on childhood in rural Alabama.

PTSD itself was only formally recognized as a discrete diagnostic category in the 1980s, and as of March 2024, C-PTSD – which is specific to experiences of prolonged or repeated trauma, most often in childhood – still isn’t recognized as a separate condition in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5), which is the handbook often used by psychiatrists and psychologists.

"Mindspace: A Multi-Sensory Art Exhibition on C-PTSD Awareness" serves as a platform for sparking meaningful conversations and promoting healing through art. By shining a light on the hidden realities of C-PTSD, the exhibition advocates for greater awareness and support for trauma survivors.

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May 8th, 1:00 PM May 8th, 3:00 PM

Mindspace: A Multi-Media Art Exhibition on C-PTSD Awareness

"Mindspace" is an autobiographical art exhibition aimed at raising awareness about Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) through a multi-sensory experience. The exhibition combines sculpture, lights, sound, and video projection to immerse viewers in the intricate emotional landscape of C-PTSD. Through a series of sculptural installations and carefully curated lighting and audio, visitors are invited to explore the internal world of an artist affected by C-PTSD and learn how it differs from PTSD and other types of mental health issues.

“Mindspace" incorporates specially composed soundscapes that offer an intimate look into the artist’s thoughts and memories, which range from spoken word poetry about the complexities of healing to ambient meditations on childhood in rural Alabama.

PTSD itself was only formally recognized as a discrete diagnostic category in the 1980s, and as of March 2024, C-PTSD – which is specific to experiences of prolonged or repeated trauma, most often in childhood – still isn’t recognized as a separate condition in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5), which is the handbook often used by psychiatrists and psychologists.

"Mindspace: A Multi-Sensory Art Exhibition on C-PTSD Awareness" serves as a platform for sparking meaningful conversations and promoting healing through art. By shining a light on the hidden realities of C-PTSD, the exhibition advocates for greater awareness and support for trauma survivors.