Evil genius conjoined twins Paul Emmanuel and Dr. Richard Maggs when not beating the shit out of each other in a first-to-vomit race at the local Wing Chun club, or making me laugh with descriptions of the locals in the village populated by extras from The League of Gentlemen, actually make art. Harhar.
Psycho, on at the Swansea Fringe, just like heaven, Tubbs, only smaller.
Psycho is an ongoing live video painting using simultaneous video projection, paint and a psychiatrist, appropriating the profession’s social status as a material quality. It takes the form of a first interview with a consultant psychiatrist who asks a series of questions about schooling, parental relationships, normal development and illness, drug and/or sexual abuse. Questioning expands to areas that the psychiatrist feels are relevant for diagnostic purposes. Psycho uses the public display of intimacy as psychological surveillance to reveal the artist’s personal history and habits. Translated through a profession that has strong links with art practice, painting as a portrait is seen as a diagnostic tool. The work is a live event with the consultation taking place in public and last approximately 45 minutes, the average time for a session of psychoanalysis.