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Topography of attention

In the environment overall permeated with digital technologies, mental hygiene has become a hot topic. The already high number of health issues caused by the continuous technological acceleration of the modern and contemporary society has further increased due to the systematic digitization of human lives and their interconnections with virtual visual interfaces. Along with many syndromes related to the fact that our attention is not only drawn by these interfaces but also further split by the increasing speed and number of the sense perceptions available (among other things), the phenomenon of “digital hygiene” has emerged. Nowadays, lots of people suffering from neuroses or depressions do not realize that mental hygiene is a must no matter what lifestyle we lead – and especially when we are leading the contemporary one, living under information avalanches. The word “hygiene” here primarily means prevention. Mental and behavioural disorders have become the new “21st-century epidemic”. There are new kinds of psychosocial risks people have been struggling with: atypical job organization, insecure jobs, problematic balance between their work and their personal life, and other risks.

The exhibition reflects the ambiguous meaning of modern people’s escapes into the virtual environment of their devices; it is understood either positively as a kind of relaxation or negatively as problematic immerse procrastination. Within several months, the live programme will follow the content axis of events, focused on the most up-to-date topics related to the global epidemic of mental disorders, and try to find out how to talk about them and share them as well as how to use our leisure time in an efficient way. Preventing mental disorders – both by using biologically relevant mechanisms and by deploying alternative, easily accessible methods – will definitely be one of the important topics of psychiatric care in the future. One of the methods teaches us to modify our lifestyle. This includes many factors influencing the human psyche, such as diet, physical activities, sleep quality, social activities, light environment and other aspects. Prevention, complex treatment of mental disorders as well as lifestyle modification: when combined, these three methods represent one of the approaches to improving our ability to cope with mental issues.

Výstava vznikla v rámci projektu Mo(nu)mentální topografie — 25 let uměleckých studií na Fakultě umění a designu Univerzity J. E. Purkyně v Ústí nad Labem s podtitulem Tvoříme současnost tak, abychom v budoucnosti mohli být hrdí na minulost.

Výstavní projekt je pořádán za spoluúčasti Národního ústavu pro duševní zdraví (NUDZ) – výzkum neurobiologických mechanizmů vedoucích k rozvoji nejzávažnějších duševních poruch (schizofrenie, deprese, úzkostné stavy a reakce na stres).

Artists / Adéla Součková, Jonáš Strouhal, Andrea Mikysková, Zdeněk Svejkovský, Adéla Waldhauserová, Karim Tarakji, Daniela Dostálková, Josef Málek

Curators / Viktor Čech, Lenka Sýkorová a Martina Johnová

Architect / Jan Pfeiffer

Graphic design / Magdaléna Gurská

Accompanying program / Pavlína Loskotová, Viktorie Chomaničová, Veronika Tilšerová, students of Department of Germanics PF UJEP and team of "Veřejného sálu Hraničář".

Opening: 10/24/2018,  6 pm
The exhibition run until: 2/1/2019

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Hraničář Gallery
Prokopa Diviše 7, Ústí nad Labem

Opening hours:
Tue–Fri : 2–7:30 pm
Sun: 1–6 pm
free entry

W: www.hranicar-usti.cz
E: galerie@hranicar-usti.cz
F: https://facebook.com/galerie.hranicar/

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