project archive

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. Texts: Hugh Nicholson & Phoebe Eustance. Design: Molly Bonnell & Tom Shepherd-Barron. 

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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 Originally made for SARA2021 conference and screened at Hospitalfield in May 2021.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 Eustance (they/them) is an artist and researcher based between London and Birmingham. They completed an MA (2016) at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths and a BA (2013) in Fine Art at Leeds and Lisbon Universities. In February 2022, they started a PhD at Birmingham School of Art are a recipient of the Gertrude Aston Bowater Bursary PhD Award. Phoebe leads on research and evaluation at Hospital Rooms.

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

Que(e)rying the Clinic

Ongoing practice-led research exploring the paradoxical notions of containing implicit within the socio-spatial apparatus of mental health care. Drawing from my art practice and its basis in queer theory, the project critically engages with the material environment and objects within locked NHS psychiatric wards, and the role that histories of experimental clinics play in understanding and rethinking the conditions of containment.

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