The Wild in my Art: Territorialization, Deterritorialization, Reterritorialization

Jones, Kevin. 2008. The Wild in my Art: Territorialization, Deterritorialization, Reterritorialization. In: , ed. Wilderness and Inner Space. Canterbury: University of Kent. ISBN 1-902671-45-7 [Book Section]

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Exhibition catalogue for the exhibition of drawings and paintings held as part of the Wilderness and Inner Space conference at the University of Kent, Canterbury 2008.

The concept of Territorialization from Deleuze and Guattari is linked to ideas of wilderness to both describe the psychotherapeutic relationship and to critique the proposed state regulation of the psychotherapies. The transference and counter transference relation between client and psychotherapist is described as a process of territorialization and deterritorialization in which a dream of the client led to the production of art works by the psychotherapist. This at work led to the production of imagery based around the therapeutic relationship involving key images of wild animals. The animal imagery is linked to Deleuze and Guattari's re-interpretation of Freud’s interpretation of the Wolfman dream, emphasizing the social and historical determinants of dream imagery. The interrelationships between Wilderness, Territorialization and the personal and the political in dream imagery suggest the psychotherapeutic space as located on the borders between the social and a wild or wilderness space. The need to recognise the wild dimension of psychotherapy highlights the necessity to resist the imposition of monocultures of therapeutic practice through possible state regulation.

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Book Section


Wilderness, Psychotherapy, Landscape Architecture, Art History, State Regulation

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)


November 2008Published

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University of Kent, United Kingdom

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18 Oct 2010 10:06

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29 Apr 2020 15:29


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