NVM (never-mind) embarks on a journey into the uncharted realms of the human psyche. The phrase “Never Mind” denotes the “forget it” attitude which tends to be perpetuated when forced to address common mental health problems. The acronym “NVM” brings attention to modern-aged tech culture and the heavy reliance of abbreviations, creating a new culture of limited attention spans and unresponsive communication which impairs the mind’s ability to process thoughts and emotions.
Macro Waves reimagines the subconscious mind by utilizing installation and performance art as a platform to confront external and internal forces that affects mental health. Drawing inspiration from the philosophy of yin and yang, the three installations form a dichotomous representation of the chemicals cortisol (black space) and serotonin (white space), while highlighting the connections and balance established through the central neural network. Influenced by Japanese bondage and internet culture, the cortisol installation alludes to symbols of masochism and sadism, dissecting the escapist mentality associated with traumatic experiences. Comparatively, the serotonin installation triggers the opposing emotions associated with safety, comfort and bliss, while inducing complacent behaviors and attitudes.
Emphasizing the fundamental presence of two varying chemicals, the exhibition strives to activate a psycho-emotional healing state in all individuals, bringing forth self awareness, self control and balance in our mental health. NVM exposes the normalized, addictive and self-sought practices of self-deprecation, commonly ingrained into the unconscious identity of everyday people.
Exhibition Dates: Thursday, Oct 19 – Nov 9, 2017
Gallery Hours: 11am - 6pm
Inside the Cesar Chavez Student Center on the third floor.
1650 Holloway Ave. San Francisco, CA 94132 / Terrace Level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.
Coming up next: Crystal Therapy & Sound Healing Workshop Thursday, Oct 26, 2017 6-8pm
Crystal Therapy & Sound Healing Workshop
Thursday, October 26 (6:00 – 8:30pm)
Artist and Herbalist/Healing Practitioner : Angela Angel
Sound Healing Facilitator: Jeffrey Yip
Friday, Nov 3, 2017 (6–9pm)
Panel Discussion: Exploring the state of mental health in the technological age of the 21st Century.
Featured Panelist: Jul Custodio (Mental Health Therapist SFSU Wellness Centers), Ravi Chandra (Psychiatrist/Author of "Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks), Najee Amaranth (Founder of The Oakland Mind) and Sheila Rivera (Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Filipino Mental Health Initiative - SF).
Mediation Session: SAMi SEE
Let's talk About Mental Health, Artist Discussion
Thursday, Nov 9, 2017 (6:30-8pm)
Artist talk about the concepts behind the NVM exhibition and a group discussion about healing through art.
A close look behind the scenes/process