Posy Dixon's new short film Chaos/Quest is an outcome of her residency with the artists at Headway East London's Submit To Love Studios. Dixon discusses the inspiration for the film: "The idea for this film stemmed from the book The Wounded Storyteller by Arthur W. Frank. This is a book that Submit To Love Studios artist Chris Miller shared with me, when I asked for advice on an entry level academic text to read about the politics surrounding health in contemporary British society.
Frank talks of storytelling as a tool for a person who has suffered trauma and lost the ‘destination and map’ that previously governed their lives. To create a new ‘destination and map’ a person must tell stories and share those stories with others, in order to build new structures of meaning and identity.
Throughout the book, Frank categorises several types of storytelling connected to illness in our society, only two of which are told by the wounded themselves: ‘Chaos Narratives’ and ‘Quest Narratives’. Frank describes Chaos Narratives as anxiety inducing stories of lived chaos, which consume the person living that experience rendering words and storytelling useless. In contrast, Quest Narratives are where suffering is met head on; the teller accepts illness and seeks to use it.
In the words of Frank: 'Illness is the occasion of a journey that becomes a quest. What is quested for may never be wholly clear, but the quest is defined by the ill person’s belief that something is to be gained through the experience.'
These ideas resonated with my learning from spending time with the artists at Submit to Love. The art studio and their practice seems (from my understanding) to offer a pathway from chaos to quest. From trauma to clarity."
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is a London-based producer and director. She's worked for Vice London and was the executive producer at the music video production company Colonel Blimp before co-founding the documentary and audio-visual production company Luca in 2014. She has made films for media companies such as Channel 4, BBC Worldwide, Vogue and Wired as well as for commercial clients. An obsession with a cult record led to her first feature Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story.
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