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  • Emporium now has a ramp

    the emporium is now accessible on both levels by wheelchairs. the shop front already had a from-street ramp, but we have now installed one further in which takes you to the small second level in the space. the incline is quite steep, please be warned, and unfortunately the toilet which we fixed up is not a big space, and there are no handles. we would love any feedback, input and advice as to how to make the space more accessible to anyone. please email!
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Hotel Mind 19th-28th June Opens Fri @ 6pm

Hotel Mind Statement

Hotel Mind is a six part narrative which explores the complex psychical and psychological process brought about through grief, absence and loss (including that of oneself in the midst of heightened emotions and numbness), in an attempt to give a truthful account of the inner life of those afflicted.

The absence of significant co-ordinates can alter the course resulting in a parallel life to that which was expected. This detour can have destructive consequences, due to naivety and inexperience leading to confusion, fear, inertia, and feelings of impending doom. A mourning of the difference between the life one was going to have and the reality of the life one does have.

These emotions can reflect themselves in behaviours such as denial, dependence, co-dependence, anxiety and depression. Freud himself wondered why mourning involved not just depressed states but also anxious one’s. Finding oneself again and accepting that process in all it’s messy glory is at the essence of Hotel Mind.

As temporary places of residence, hotels symbolise transition from one stage to another. They act as a metaphor for the lack of personal identity associated with one’s life history and question the physical and emotional attachments that we would associate with the security of a home.

Figurative imagery is consistent within the Hotel rooms echoing the feeling and emotion felt as well as memory and further use of metaphors to express a particular psychological stage and expose this hidden condition of the psyche.

Hotel Mind has been compared with Art Brut also known as Outsider Art, with it’s challenging and obsessive content. Although there are associations with this genre, it crosses over with a surrealist perspective – a freedom to liberate the unconscious and although intensely personal, it is yet universal in context.

Juliet King
February 09

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