The idea of case taking in an artist’s studio is one of the exciting new ways of taking the case we are exploring at Art and Homeopathy.
There is a sense in modern life that immersion in a real or virtual world is common. Game playing is an example. Mindcraft and other games are where millions of people engage in and immerse themselves in a virtual world. But this immersion is not just in games. Art is moving into this way of being. The Tate is launching a way in which viewers of art can literally step into a painting. An item on BBC Radio’s Today programme (21/11/14) explored this:
go to 2:47 secs into the programme to hear on radio player
One way we can quickly open people out in case taking is have them engage with their feelings, delusions, sensations. We should encourage our patients to be in that place by giving an environment which does that. Modern life is much more about immersion than it was, people are comforable with it.
As homeopaths it helps to have as many ways into a case as possible – art is one of them and the Tate initiative is all about this.