07–11–2021       (Publication)
Northside House X Hospital Rooms publication includes critical texts, interviews and artworks. Northside House is a forensic medium secure mental health unit in Norwich. ‘Forensic’ here is in relation to the criminal justice system.  Texts: Hugh Nicholson & Phoebe Eustance. Design: Molly Bonnell & Tom Shepherd-Barron. Project curation: Phoebe Eustance.

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20–10–2021        (Presentation)
Still from an online presentation. Taking Jean Oury’s ethos ‘to treat the ill without treating the hospital is madness’ as a departure point, this presentation examines the envionments and situations of mental health institutions.

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07–09–02021        (Publication)
So, tomorrow? How could or should we redefine health, sickness, and care? What, for instance, would post-collapse care look like? Or a trans- or post-human definition of health? Or definitions emerging from other cultures, from alternative practice? Plurality University collective zine.

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07–04–02021        (Screening)
Queering the Waiting Room is a visual essay that reimagines the institution as malleable. Borrowing from Jean Oury’s notion of ‘pathoplasty’, which attributes sickness to the milieu, the project redirects the gaze away from individual patients and towards the social structure of the hospital itself. Originally made for SARA2021 conference and screened at Hospitalfield in May 2021.

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01–07–2020        (Article)
Using the format of a conversation, this text explores collective knowledge production in the context of CAMPUS, the independent study programme at Nottingham Contemporary. Written by a group of 2019–2020 CAMPUS participants, it is organised around five key questions which address some of the challenges when thinking about institutional and extra-institutional spaces of learning in a neoliberal society.

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Phoebe completed their MA (2016) at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths and their BA (2013) in Fine Art at Leeds and Lisbon Universities. They are starting their PhD research ‘a queer enquiry into embodied encounters of contemporary NHS mental health care’ in February 2022 and are a recipient of the Gertrude Aston Bowater Bursary PhD Award.                                                  


Still from a film made whilst on a residency at Hospitalfield in May, 2021.

Phoebe’s practice-based research explores the clinical encounter for inpatients in locked NHS mental-health services. Seeking alternatives to standardised approaches in mental-health care, which rely on binary modalities such as sick/healthy, normal/pathological, their approach builds upon expanded notions of ‘queer’ that challenge established categories of identity and disturb the order of things (Ahmed, 2016). The concept of ‘pathoplasty’ (Oury, 2007), in understanding how disorders are constructed in correlation with the social and material environment, provides a framework for the research. Their artistic practice acts as a tool for both investigation and dissemination in de-stabilising ‘othering’ categories, communicated through mental-health unit environments.

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