Ariel Riveros is an Australian-based poet, scholar and registered art therapist coach; and progenitor of the PhiloMedica Online project.
Writing to my strength is one of the things that makes me happy. Being the finest I can be, expressive power and skill. Eloquence is a lucky occurrence.
I’ve done a shitload of work during my health and housing issues to be stymied by the publishing landscape. The current budget doesn’t ameliorate things and as has been said by many others Australian poetry is a small pool of opportunities and any apprenticeship is also mediated by friendship as a local poet had told me in the past.
Perhaps my style is non-Australian and doesnt fit hand in glove with small l liberal political thrust. Here I might just redirect my writing to prose and non-fiction.
I was very lucky to work in the Philomedica Online research group which has finished its project life some time ago. That research even as adjunct to mental health, mad studies and antipsychiatry is a radical veer under the sails of continental thought and physics as heuristic. It is radically different to the Australian context and the industry locally is caught in the crux of national organisation, self reflection on terms of reference and lumbering statism.
These works are not foundationally intersectional but emergentist. These two from the ground up aren’t mutually exclusive. There is another point where the research doesn’t fit hand in glove with classical constructivist discourses of power. The politics is of experience and of going beyond medication. The Philomedica Online team did represent various intersectional groups. In itself it was not a project against institutions in the political activist or collective sense though it was an aim for our posited forums. Lots of great work around the world by activists, peers and consumers on the case in any case.
The work I proffered was research countering the medical model as science with a consumer generated science with physics as heuristic and non trauma based treatment (as distinct to trauma informed care that I support all health professionals understand.) One of the team’s authors quipped that consumer generated science is has little inroad to a world movement mostly in the thrall of medical psychiatry as state practice. All power to the political focus #protestAPA2018
I feel medical psychiatry must bend under the pressure or break but I’m not hanging around and doing nothing about it myself or in this case for myself and others. It’s the end of my chronic illness. Acute episodes may come or go.
I have new project formings and past groups will now continue that entered into the post pharmaceutical slipstream in the past months ie Supersentient Network art
and mutual community care encompassing human virtuality.
Post pharmaceutical segment movement – #unrecovery or not – stand alone yet relating to the plethora of other movements resisting psychiatry is where this current work will produce. Plenty of other people doing post pharmaceutical work already out there. Human virtuality also merges with variant forms of life. Time to cast an inquiring eye around the world.
My next intended writing project will be to outline experienced time based synaesthetic phenomenology as a distinct form of life and productivity – and continue human virtual mutual care and study into conceptual physics. Perhaps a holiday to the Continent to see if I like it there.
on suffering restless legs, akasthisia, I simply said to the doctoral treating team...I just do core plank exercise. I must be on the pulse with this shit. they said "wow there was an article coupla days ago talking about the return of the plank"
i can't claim nothing but that I am necessarily ahead of their game and my recovery, my unmedicated unrecovery as I term it
orthomolecular - physical therapy model of resistance or recovery to taper off not-good-enough meds proferred to unrecovery
non-normative neurology unfamiliar unfamilial for this particular self, force et tendresse
is it elsewhere, what is this non local affect that visits me and you n I at times? watch the flutterbys
keys in pocket is first thing even when indoors
Whilst working teaching and learning with a student called Pablo (not real name) we worked out an active way of learning. Throwing a tennis ball back and forth with accompanying question and answer. Youtube was also in use. The hour or so went by like a flash. We got a lot done.
From this one could experiment with different forms of ball games and music. An emergent in-practice model to which I'm grateful for - to my student Pablo.
Relating as well to a poem of mine "Belonging"
I'm told by power that the Peer Work Force and Unrecovery are fundamentally at odds.
Not at odds if you add me :)
whilst in medical confines I'm pleased that a select number of staff are familiar with deconstruction. I get them and they get me. Having an I and Thou in this case allows for greater subjective analyses. Two way conversation. I may have a glint in my eye that nurses who were questioned afterwards could not perceive; or a glimmer of pleasant and infectious geniality.
And once I mentioned the work of Professor John Read. My wonderful interlocutor, and in other circumstances allround good fella, observably winced. Have feedback on this. John Read's Winceability. If you don't laugh you can always submit a YES form for any interview or engagement in itself. I use first names when I can. I too am part of the complex issue.
But among birds of feather we mingle together, like molar chemistry!
Unrecovery is simply put as nonpharmaceutical gainful living. The history of what was once known as "successful schizophrenia" with a slew of personal stories and a undocumented population segment sees a political voice responsive to antiquated notions of mania and contemporary notions of trauma.
Whatever charges of discursive reductionism I am made aware of is to be put in light of an agent or actor-network-theory and life. We do suffer predicaments (as Badiou would have it) though we also have biophysical responses in the unrecovered life. Hopefully these responses might find not only repose but a supported and social way of making a living.
Today I conversed with my treating team. Most definitely was I in the psychiatrised clinical space. Spatiality being a duration and field that even my helping hands here know in terms of constraint and the carceral. On glimpsing at Foucault online carceral archipelago I am reminded that even with this typing I am under chronological delineation or stricture by some of the helping hands here.
So my last quiet posture to the doc that dropped the word deconstruction is indeed the non-philosophy or quantic sophisynastery (poet oops!) of Laruelle. Laruelle becomes work - a - day, work a clay putty or DAS plasticine in my hoofs.
The doctor sees a glint of glimmer in my eyes. That equals mania. Mania is a passe term. Is there no reflection here by the good doctor. Here I diatribe.
The Badiousian predicament as bellowed through by di Nicola as heursitic is seen by the doc here as reducationist. Nothing of the sort. The doc quotes Peter Bregan. I know Peter Bregan by online means but when I related about Robert Whitaker and John Read I saw the wince in my psychiatric interlocutors face.
Do not philosophise. No worries on not making the philosophe's gesture of "thinking deeply and laterally". The prevent or pre-event of philosophy. Squint from that perspective. It's all a "raw science"
And now ask my whether my post structural diagrammatics have reached the level of sketching a platypus : ) one for a fave Umberto Eco and his distant interlocutor, Foucault of the devices and archives as unrecovered archipelago.
below is obdurodon..and some burble as self posited magister regens. the doc has 13 years to polish their work and I've 20 years in the public mental health assembly line.
The platypus has a south american cousin
My network may know I am in what I like to know as a nicotine withdrawal program. The foundations of insomnia and isolation are brought into question.
In my time in the program I've researched advanced massage techniques with an eye to domestic products. Household witchery, brujo bruja y la brujula!
I've written poetry with a resubstantiated voice, to evoke the Merry Easter I've spent. Happy Easter to all my friend-believers. One poem has a title of The Petersham Soundbubble as Barque and whatever architectonic I paced through noting 24/7 traffic noise and structural issues of a place I once lived in and nearly died in, twice.
My network is Facebook based. If anyone still hanging around I'll let you know that any endorsement as Medical Officer or trainee as such should be clarified in the next couple of days. I am proud that I've achieved recognition to the audience who talk with me in medical review.
717 - What exactly is at the end of the cosmos? (from writing template)
The bounce and the curve
the return of the dreamerist
or the merry nurse's pedagostrian
little dollar sign in the architecture
of solid time as historic choir
quasimad, quasimodal, crinkled
crossover wrinkly of clocked watches
and watched clocks that takes yonks
to boil, the billy in the country cuppa tea