Spaces of Refuge: The Clinical Practice of Félix Guattari and Institutional Psychotherapy

Faramelli, Anthony and Wilson, Rachel. 2022. Spaces of Refuge: The Clinical Practice of Félix Guattari and Institutional Psychotherapy. Deleuze and Guattari Studies, 16(4), pp. 623-641. ISSN 2398-9777 [Article]

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Guattari’s prescient final text, Chaosmosis, argues that the conditions of Capital responsible for the current social-psychic-ecological crisis of migration demand modes of analysis capable of grasping their complexity, ones grounded in the ethico-aesthetic. It is a text that draws directly from the therapeutic practice that he, Tosquelles, Oury, and others in the Institutional Psychotherapy (IP) movement developed in their clinics. This work entailed the inclusion of aesthetic practices that work to deterritorialise the institution, shifting from carceral sites and creating therapeutic spaces of care and refuge. This article explores the centrality of an ethico-aesthetic approach to the understanding of therapeutic space within the sites and clinical practice of Institutional Psychotherapy. Looking especially at daily life and the inclusion of aesthetic practice, it examines the particular notion of asylum that emerged in these sites that so informed the clinical and critical work of Guattari and Deleuze, and draws connections to the current global crisis of migration in the necessity of such sites to the forced segregation between those deemed mad and sane.

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asylum, ethico-aesthetic, Institutional Psychotherapy, migration, refuge, unhoused

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Visual Cultures


7 November 2022Published

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18 Nov 2022 12:10

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28 Jul 2023 14:01

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