summaery2022: Projekte

 Learning with Madness. François Tosquelles and the Invention of Institutional Psychotherapy


eingereicht von
Elena Vogman & Marlon Miguel

Carles Guerra, Elisabeth von Samsonow, Emmanuel Almborg, Felix Brieden, Henning Schmidgen, Sophie Legrain

Elena Vogman & Marlon Miguel


Medienwissenschaft (Master of Arts (M.A.)),
Medienkultur (Bachelor of Arts (B.A.))

Art der Präsentation

Sommersemester 2022

Ausstellungs- / Veranstaltungsort
  • Berkaer Straße 1
  • Burgplatz 1 - vor ACC Galerie
  • Berkaer Straße 1
  • Burgplatz 1 - vor ACC Galerie

Madness, Media, Milieus. Reconfiguring the Humanities in Postwar Europe


Institutional Psychotherapy was a psychiatric reform movement and method. It employed innovative forms of group therapy and radically restructured the model of centralized psychiatric institutions, actively involving patients in these processes. It emerged as a practice of resistance during the German occupation of France, as over 50,000 patients of psychiatric hospitals fell prey to the National Socialist extermination policy. The Saint-Alban Clinic in Lozère was the point of departure for the Institutional Psychotherapy, initiated by the Catalan psychiatrist François Tosquelles together with resistance fighters and authors such as Georges Canguilhem and Paul Eluard. Media practices constituted concrete local forms of resistance: resistance both to the normalizing politics of traditional clinical institutions as well as to the disciplining of madness and its delineation from political, aesthetic, and epistemic dimensions.

Including a presentation of films and a series of talks by international scholars, the two-day workshop located in the Berkaerstraße 1 and ACC Galerie aims at exploring Tosquelles’ multidimensional practice, giving special attention to media as therapeutic instruments and processes of transference.

E-Mail: elena.vogman[at]

Dateien und Präsentationen


Learning with Madness. Screening and discussion with Carles Guerra Atelier:
 Learning with Madness. François Tosquelles and the Invention of Institutional Psychotherapy

François Tosquelles began filming domestic life and all sorts of events related to his professional environment in 1953. In the period up to 1958, he had realised a film that became known under the title « La société lozérienne d'hygiène mental » (1954-1957). In « Suite en Blanc et noir » and « Suite en couleur », remixed (1953-2022), the original footage newly digitized from two early films by Tosquelles has been edited in order to reconstruct the sequence of events captured by the camera.

  • Beginn: 18.00 Uhr
  • Ende: 21.00 Uhr
  • Ort: ACC Galerie (Burgplatz 1, 99423 Weimar)

Learning with Madness. Series of talks by international scholars Atelier:
 Learning with Madness. François Tosquelles and the Invention of Institutional Psychotherapy

Tosquelles’ films are just once case among the many media practices that were integrated along with the therapeutic complex that was orchestrated within the premises of Saint-Alban after the 1940s. Film, radio, television, and printed materials constituted key platforms for a counterpublic sphere that helped restore citizenship to patients deprived of most of civil rights.

  • Beginn: 10.00 Uhr
  • Ende: 17.30 Uhr
  • Ort: Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (Berkaer Straße 1, 99425 Weimar)