As a response to societal pressures to be functional when neurodiverse and consequently the process of therapy for mental disorders, Crystalline questions adaptive and maladaptive trait definitions.
In an environment where the value of a person is entwined with productivity and permitted mindsets are homogenised to fit within a capitalist framework therapy can be a sanctuary; a release from life-altering attributes and an opportunity to become a part of a world that was previously inaccessible. However, are these attributes deemed inherently negative due to their counter-productivity worthy of such deep personal change? Relief from the pains of mental disorders is paramount but who decides the benchmark of recovery?
In Crystalline quartz crystals become an avatar to traits; alien yet organic, pointed yet static, a subject of beauty and of horror. The crystal being; innately subject to them and their conflicting attributes. Using contact microphones incorporated into flesh at previous sites of self-harm, music is improvised. As the vibrations generated by it’s body loop and morph, it gains understanding. In horror, the being peels their glittering skin and desperately rearranges the crystals to a soundtrack of ritualistic, dark electronic music. Viewers become voyeurs and conspirators to an inner turmoil and forced removal of self, questioning the necessity of its expulsion.
About Mother Disorder
Mother Disorder is an emerging musician and artist based in London. Working currently within the mediums of performance and electronic music, frequently their work explores disorder. Be it the grander chaos of the human experience or the manifestations of their experiences with mental disorders they tie together the ephemeral and visceral in abstract sonic portraiture. Through the synergy between beauty and horror they wish to promote a more holistic understanding of the realities of being neurodiverse.
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