Ultrasanity. On Madness, Sanitation, Antipsychiartry and Resistance

Performances, Talks, Konzerte, Interventionen


SAVVY Contemporary invites you to the public program of ULTRASANITY. ON MADNESS, SANITATION, ANTIPSYCHIATRY AND RESISTANCE – a project in four chapters which challenges Western scientific methods and perspectives on mental health. It questions medical (mis)conceptions of psychopathologies by situating them in the context of coloniality, racialisation, objectification, and patriarchal oppression. This project confronts with traumas and fears of displacement and contamination, pondering the notion of madness beyond a Western understanding. Without romanticising the notion and stigma of madness, the project seeks to address the heuristic and generative potential of certain forms of delirium. Its aims are to grant fundamental significance to community engagement and to spiritual, systemic, intra-generational histories in formulating healing strategies. With this exhibition and discursive programme, SAVVY Contemporary navigates the space of ULTRASANITY, to problematize the dichotomy of insanity as the opposite of sanity, and to inhabit the liminal space that lies past the norm, stripped of processes of normalisation and control.

The INVOCATIONS program comprises a series of performances, film screenings, talks and round-table discussions, workshop, and sonic interventions, which bring together artists, writers, activists, filmmakers and musicians, patients, healers, clinicians, cognitive scientists, scholars and practitioners involved in this subject.


14:20               Sonic Prelude: The Brother Moves On          
14:45               Introduction: Elena Agudio, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung and Kelly Krugman   
15:00               Sound Performance: Urban Feral   
15:20               Conversation: Adjani Okpue-Egbe & the curators  
15:50               Performance: Alessandra Eramo Tanz Sediment 
16:15               Poetry Reading: Ghayath Almadhoun  
16:45               Break
17:00               Sonic Interlude: The Brother Moves On  
17:10               Carte Blanche: Leo Asemota  
17:40               Performance: Elisabeth Tambwe Abstraction
18:15               Lecture: Patricia Gherovici, Mad to be Nor-male
18:45               Skin Come Leather Vol. III with Lukas Hoffmann, Mirabella Paisamwoyo, 
                        Scott Hopper, Luzek Marny, Adrian Quentin Vardi, Elena Veleckaite, Nico Walker
19:45               Break  
20:00               Sonic Interlude: The Brother Moves On 
20:10               Keynote Lecture: Frederick W. Hicklin, Owning our Madness: Contributions of Jamaican Psychiatry to Decolonizing Global Mental Health
21:00               Performance:Dorothee Munyaneza   
21:40               Lecture: Jota Mombaça, ...so, when I'm gone, I shall be in the air …
22:15               Performance:The Brother Moves, On Trauma Room      

Read more about the project here: SAVVY Contemporary

ULTRASANITY. ON MADNESS, SANITATION, ANTIPSYCHIATRY AND RESISTANCE is a SAVVY Contemporary research, performance and exhibition project in multiple chapters, in collaboration with ifa Gallery Berlin, Association of Neuroesthetics (AoN_Platform for Art and Neuroscience), Picha Lubumbashi and Gnaoua Festival. The project is funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes) and the Foundation of Arts Initiative.