Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness: A Collection of Radical Visions from Bipolar Worlds
An Art Show and Community Gathering Sponsored by the Icarus Project
The Icarus Project was created in the beginning of the 21st century by a group of people diagnosed in the contemporary language as Bipolar or Manic-Depressive. Defining ourselves outside convention, we see our condition as a dangerous gift to be cultivated and taken care of rather than as a disease or disorder needing to be "cured" or "eliminated". With this double-edged blessing we have the ability to fly to places of great vision and creativity, but like the mythical boy Icarus, we also have the potential to fly dangerously close to the sun—into realms of delusion and psychosis--and crash in a blaze of fire and confusion.
At our heights we may find ourselves capable of creating music, art, words, and inventions which touch people's souls and shape the course of history. At our depths we may end up alienated and alone, incarcerated in psychiatric institutions, or dead by our own hands. Despite these risks, we recognize the intertwined threads of madness and creativity as tools of inspiration and hope in this repressed and damaged society. We understand that we are members of a group that has been misunderstood and persecuted throughout history, but has also been responsible for some its most brilliant creations. And we are proud.
Icarus will be presenting a spectrum of visions from people with bipolar disorder or related madness. Part of our intention in putting together this show is to educate viewers about the experience of bipolar. The artshow opens on December 16th, 2004 and is located at ABCnoRio on the lower east side of Manhattan at 156 Rivington Street, between Suffolk and Clinton Streets. For more information on ABCnoRio, check out their website at www.abcnorio.org.