Not

Alright

not alright is a collaborative art project in which perspectives on mental health are explored in a growing transmedia format.

 

It forms a more inclusive approach to mental health and finds a language that connects our collective understanding of mental health, of who we are and how we feel, without creating in and out groups, without establishing clear boundaries. It educates in a respectful and humble way while asking questions, finding answers and inspiring conversations.

The artworks, created freely by the artists, are embedded into overarching concepts and complemented by further information that aid in understanding the context of these experiences.

It is a way to transfer the scientific and individual knowledge about mental health by finding more intuitive methods of communication: stories, essays and art in all its forms.

Because art can fill the void that is left by what cannot be described, what can only be fully understood when it is felt.

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not alright –
an anthology of emotional pain

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Not Alright

The Idea

Not alright is a multimedia project on emotional pain, trauma and suicide publishing films, visual art and stories. It explores and artistically researches emotional pain in general and depression in specific through art pieces, films, songs and interviews.

The project creates an infrastructure for an artistic and educational sharing space around mental health and depression which can be continuously filled with works that are freely available.

Produced and published by VOIIAGE.ORG

Quickfacts

Medium: website with images, texts, videos, animations, illustrations / maybe later on a limited edition book

Language: english

Domain: not—alright.net / not—alright.net

Project domain example: not—alright.net/hauntedghosts

Abstract

The project generally explores emotional pain and depression. It does so on two levels: from the individual experience to the systemic causes. The story of the individual, relatable and moving, creates an emotional response, which is then used to get people interested and inform them about the structures into which this individual is embedded, and which (in part) create the situation.

These systemic causes can include but are not limited to: Systemic racism, colonialism, patriarchy, classism, Transphobia, homophobia, collective trauma like war and migration.

The project aims to include a diverse set of voices, artistically as well as scientifically and psychologically. Each collaborator gets paid an agreed upon amount of money for their work and support.

For the first phases the project is web based in form of a professional, minimalist website. This enables various mediums to come together in innovative ways. Artists are effectively given an online exhibition space which they can fill with various mediums simultaeously: text, images, sound, music, gifs.The artists are invited to select or create artworks that explore issues important to them. Specifically feelings for which they do not easily find words. Art is utilized to fill a void, the void of appropriate words to communicate feelings that seem to be beyond communication. Here art can unfold its potential by taking us onto journeys and make us feel things that we relate to or that we don’t know yet.

The mood of the project aims to be serious yet empathic and accepting.

Individual and structure

At the end of each “episode”(art piece), hashtags are places which link to informative articles written by experts, activists and researchers. These explore the social and economic background structures that lead to the explored issue.

At the same time each of the articles contains links to art pieces exploring the issue from an individual point of view. This is done via tags called hashtags in the website.

Example:

An art piece explores past trauma and its effects on the life of a person. At the end of the piece you find links to other art pieces as well as the hashtags #trauma #abuse and #patriarchy.

01 the Individual

The artists are invited to select or create artworks that explore issues important to them. Specifically feelings for which they do not easily find words. Art is utilized to fill a void, the void of appropriate words to communicate feelings that seem to be beyond communication. Here art can unfold its potential by taking us onto journeys and make us feel things that we relate to or that we don’t know yet.

02 the Interviews

An element that connects “the individual” and “the structure” is a simple interview format in which artists talk about their work, their motivation and issues which are important to them. This way we get to know their thoughts behind the work as well as getting introduced to concepts which are explored in more detail within the systemic section.

03 the Systemic

Written by journalists, psychologists, sociologists and activists, who explain and describe larger social phenomenons and problems. They give the individual experience a frame. This is important in understanding mental health, because in many cases, we individualize personal pain into being ones own responsibility, disregarding that an oppressing society, structural violence, war, migration, consumerism, abuse, generational trauma etc. create the fertile ground for our crises of depression and suicide. And without tackling the systemic roots, no amount of individual work on ones traumas will solve the larger issue.

Diversity

The project aims at amplifying diverse voices while being aware of its limitations and the fact that many artists will be based in Germany and thus have some homogenous background.

This project is aimed at artists who do not have the support of a large institution for their artistic work.

Commissioned artists are invited to collaborate with other artists preferably from other mediums on projects.

Publishing

The works are published on a website in seasons, each made up of a limited amount of works and articles. Within a season there is a release rhythm (weekly, biweekly or monthly). This way each work can get enough social media exposure. The website will be similar to a growing magazine which can be openly explored. Nowness is an example that illustrates the rough idea.

If desired each artist gets their section with their bio, links to their work and contact information. Artists can also choose to use pseudonyms or publish as collectives.

We are aware that these are very sensitive issues for many people so we will work to be aware and include trigger warnings.

Editorial process

All art will be accepted in an editorial dialogue with the artists. However we retain the right to refuse publishing works that discriminate and dehumanise people. If that happens to be the content of an art piece it needs to be decided on a case to case basis. At the end of the day the artists are responsible for the content they submit to the platform.

Our goal is to create a safe space where thoughts and feelings can be shared without judgement. We do realise that this has limitations.

Rights

Ideally most works will be published under a creative commons license, though this is no requirement.

Instagram

The work is presented on a well designed Instagram account which mixes art pieces from the page with designed information snippets, creating a hybrid art and education site on mental health.

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Timeframe

01.04.2021 – 31.12.2021

Until when should the works be ready?

Funding

the first season is funded with 7000€ in total. If successful the next season could be funded through arts funds or through Patreon.

Steps

  1. approaching artists and writers and briefing them.
  2. start date for creation of art pieces
  3. creation of branding and development of social media strategy
  4. teasing of first content
  5. release of first content

Later development ideas

  1. Translate to other languages

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