Luke Fowler

What You See Is Where You’re At, 2001

24 minutes, B&W/Colour, Stereo, digital

What You See Is Where You’re At is a film by Fowler whose subject is based on unique research into the ‘Kingsley Hall’ experiment (Philadelphia Association 1965-1969) on the initiative of the Scottish psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and 60’s zeitgeist writer R.D. Laing. This brave new experiment consisted in breaking down the established norms of ‘treatment’ for people undergoing severe mental distress or breakdown. In Kingsley Hall the pre-conceived hierarchy of doctor-patient relations was dismantled, henceforth no one was encouraged to act out the roles of ‘doctors’ or ‘patients’ (making it very difficult to distinguish one from the other). The film, which is a collage of ‘found’ and archived sound/film recordings, provides an insight into the experiences of the residents at Kingsley Hall, reappraising its relevance in our contemporary society of oppressive psychiatry and multi-national pharmaceutical companies. (Meike Behm)

What You See Is Where You’re At incorporates footage from the documentaries Asylum and R.D. Laing in the USA, produced and directed by Peter Robinson.